Hey, guys! This is a bit of a random post. I was actually going to do individual posts on these. And then I thought – I might as well put them into a little master post that you can peruse all together. I had two issues at home that were driving me crazy. Well – there’s more than two. But here are the two that I actually tackled for now. One was where to put the kids bath toys. I know. It sounds like a no brainer but read on to find out why this was driving me crazy. The other, and I’m guessing I’m not alone here, was keeping our duvet cover in place. I finally did a little duvet cover hack and I’m happy to say that I solved both issues!
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Easy DIY Bath Toy Organizer
I used to own those mesh type bath toy organizers with the suction cups. I wasn’t really a fan. The mesh and suction cups got yucky after a while and they never held up. I don’t know if I have some weird bathroom tile but it was so annoying. So then I was putting my kids bath toys in a basket and keeping it under the sink. But frankly, I needed that space back to store stuff (our bathroom is really tiny and our vanity is even tinier). I’ve also seen those bath tub caddy organizers that look so cute but unfortunately, my tub doesn’t have a lip on the one side so it wouldn’t hold. Then I thought, why don’t I just keep the toys in a basket on the floor? We tried that but my kids would get toys everywhere and there is very little space to walk in there as it is.
So I was in our garage one day and I had a little lightbulb moment.
I used an old plastic beach bucket we had and drilled several holes in the bottom (so the water drains out). I took one of those 3m hooks and stuck it to my tub walls with the sticky velcro tabs. Now after a bath, my kids put their toys in the bucket and we hang it on the hook. The water drains through the holes and everything stays nice and dry and organized. It’s been holding up and working for us for a while now! And it looks super cute in my opinion.
If you have more toys, you could always put one on either side of the tub. Or two together. I got rid of a bunch of bath toys recently and it’s so refreshing just having the ones that my kids actually play with taking up space.
So, if you have some plastic beach buckets laying around why not put one to use? 🙂
Duvet Cover Hack
I’m a recent duvet cover convert. For the longest time, I had no interest in having a wrestling match every time I wanted to make the bed. The only time they looked good to me were in professional photos or in hotels. So, I stuck with a quilt/comforter.
But my husband finally convinced me to try one. And I have to admit, there are a lot of cute duvet covers out there. It makes it easy to change them out for the seasons and they can look pretty awesome if you do them up right.
I think it’s important to try and match up the size of your duvet cover and insert first and foremost. Read on to find out how I keep mine in place.
So we ended up with a great duvet insert but it has no strings or anything to attach to our duvet cover! I didn’t realize how much of an issue this was until I realized that our duvet kept bunching down towards the bottom. Ughhh. Our duvet cover does have strings. So, I tried a number of things.
I tried those donut duvet thingys and I found they didn’t work for us. I also tried bunching up a corner of our insert and tying that to our duvet cover. But it looked pretty awful from the top. It was all bunchy in the corners. I didn’t try a safety pin. I don’t know. A sharp pin near me at night didn’t sit well. So I finally did this!
I took some ribbon I had on hand and cut it into four small strips. (yes, it was blue ribbon but it would be hidden all the time anyways.) I sewed each end of the little ribbon to our duvet insert creating a little loop. I sewed each end of the ribbon back and forth several times so it doesn’t come apart. Then, I just took my duvet cover strings and tied them through the loop.
Note : just make sure the ribbon you use won’t color bleed onto your duvet insert when you wash it. The one I used won’t, but others might. You may want to go with all white ribbon or one that matches your duvet insert just to be on the safe side.
And guess what? Our duvet hasn’t moved since.
Now I just have to make sure that other duvet covers I buy have the strings attached. But I think most of them do now anyways.
It’s so nice to be able to cross these items off the home “to-do” list. I hope they give you some inspiration if you are dealing with the same issues.
Talk to you soon! And thanks as always for stopping by the blog. 🙂