A sweet headboard - without the headache and heartache of buying one! Photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens.

A sweet headboard – without the headache and heartache of buying one!Photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens.

 

My children don’t seem to understand the full purpose of a dresser full of drawers. Or dental floss, which unbeknownst to them was in fact not created to hang Barbie dolls from curtain rods or create homemade dog leashes for their little sister, Georgia.

Dressers and their BFF The Drawers are supposed to work like this —

Step One:  Drawer opens.

Step Two: Clothes go in.

Step Three:  Drawer gets shut (NOT slammed.)

Step Four: Everybody is happy, well-dressed, on time and kind to their overworked mother.

Wishful drawering.

Wishful drawering.

How it really works —

Step One through Step-They-Go-to-College-or-Jail: Child takes off all of their clothes and either leaves them directly on the floor (James) or shoves them under their bed (Caroline) or stuffs the dirty clothes, even the underwear and socks that smell so bad they should be used to finally conquer the ISIS problem, behind the pillows on their chair in hopes of wearing them all week (Henry).

The reason boxed wine sales are on the rise.

The reason box wine sales are on the rise.

OR, someone starts crying because they can’t find their favorite (insert anything here: shorts, stained pony t-shirt that was a hand-me-down that never even made it into the drawers because I used it to clean up from the last stomach flu, random toy from a birthday party that nobody ever played with so why are they asking about it now, the $3 from the tooth fairy).

This is the part of my blog where I apologize to my mother for my never understanding how much work it was to wash, fold and place clean, wrinkle-free items on my bed. And she even ironed! Mother: I am sorry. Truly.

I peruse thrift stores a couple of times a month, mostly because one is directly next door to the preschool and browsing discarded items saves me from doing real work. Like laundry.

There are TONS of ugly dressers for the taking! On the cheap, too. And while most of us don’t need ugly, cheap dressers, pulling the drawers out and using them in a different way is simple, smart, and savvy.

As you may know, I am not of the vintage vibe – and most of these pictures lean in that direction. But you could modernize this look by painting the drawers in a laquer or matte finish. Wallpaper the bottoms/backs with something edgy. Or use repurposed doors for garage storage, kid supplies, a spice rack or a place to store what’s left of your sanity.

Chalkboard paint makes for an easy message board. Photo courtesy of Country Living.

Chalkboard paint makes for an easy message board. Ethan is a good boy. I wish Ethan lived here. I love Ethan a smidge more than I love box wine. Photo courtesy of Country Living.

 

Turn a discarded drawer into a pegboard. Photo courtesy of Dump A Day.

Turn a discarded drawer into a pegboard. Photo courtesy of Dump A Day.

 

Easy DIY to keep jewelry neat and tidy. Photo courtesy of The North End Life.

Easy DIY to keep jewelry neat and tidy. Photo courtesy of The North End Life.

See you next time at The Neighbor’s House!