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Young House Love
September 4, 2013
11:57 am
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NotMyJam2
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March 8, 2013

jessica97 said
Original closet with moody pee colored grout

With shelves for toys, total cost $59

Thank you!

September 4, 2013
12:18 pm
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WheresMyCoffee
Hamprince of Meowtonia
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December 4, 2012

anyone notice the doors next to the closet are shut? what is right there? The office? Dining room? I still don't know the house layout very well..

 

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

September 4, 2013
12:32 pm
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Shabby Chic Chick
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October 18, 2012

Again, they totally half ass it. I think we all know how to install those shelves. I'm sure there was a way to make it more creative and more attractive. 

Behold, Thrifty Decor Chick's space for her kiddo

 

http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2011/05/closet-turned-book-nook.html

**Leading By Example**
September 4, 2013
12:34 pm
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I am Red
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July 31, 2013

WheresMyCoffee said
anyone notice the doors next to the closet are shut? what is right there? The office? Dining room? I still don't know the house layout very well..

 

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

The only door shut in any of the pics in today's post is the front door.

September 4, 2013
12:38 pm
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maeve
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May 3, 2012

WheresMyCoffee said
anyone notice the doors next to the closet are shut? what is right there? The office? Dining room? I still don't know the house layout very well..

 

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

The door next to the toy closet on the left is the office, and to the right the front door. And in the post the door to the office was wide open. So I'm not sure what you're referring to?

September 4, 2013
12:43 pm
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PetoonyaPicklePuss
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December 15, 2011

theretheyretheir said

This reminds me of a post from http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/. Except Jen would have painted the inside, covered the shelves in interesting paper, made pretty labels and included a free printable organization list. In short, she would have done a better job. 

 

My kid is only 18 months old, but it seems like a lot to expect Clara to only check one toy our at a time and understand the whole library concept. Are the Petersiks playing toy gestapo, or am I too permissive?

I had a friend whose mom made her take out one toy at a time. My mom made fun of her mom.

September 4, 2013
12:43 pm
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justkillingtime
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May 1, 2013

imacynicalbitch said
Don't people wear coats in Richmond, VA????? 

I guess if a toy closet works for them, just that I'd never do it.  My last house had a front hall WALK-IN closet . . . . I told it my secrets and let it braid my hair.

 

Well, we come in from our garage, so we have coat hanging options there, not by the front door. And friends come in that way too; if they come in the front, they are still more likely to toss a jacket over a chair than bother to hang it up.  Our coat closet doesn't get used for coats either.

September 4, 2013
2:03 pm
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TeamAwesome
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September 6, 2012

I really like the paint color in their bedroom, even if I'm annoyed that it's so similar to the color they used in H2. I would have killed to see them paint it actual navy or a more saturated dark blue (though that's selfishly because I'm about to paint a room navy and I will have the 6-drawer version of the WE dresser in there). 

 

I agree, though, the WE dresser has no business being in there if they're going to do built-ins around the bed. It's too small to go on the wall facing the bed. And don't they have good closet space in there? It's not like they need 10 dressers for storage. It does look good with the paint color, though.

 

You know what would be amazing? If they got a beautiful Persian rug or something totally different from all of their bold, graphic rugs or their natural fiber ones. Or if that would be too traditional for them, something off the wall with actual personality, like so:

 

I like the idea of mismatched side tables but I don't think there's a way to do it with the WE dresser. It already combines a couple of different styles in one piece (modern lines, rustic natural wood, graphic tiles) so it would be hard to find a similar piece that complimented it without clashing. What I love is pairing two similar-style pieces that mimic one another but don't match perfectly. I'm sure Ozzie's bedroom is polarizing but I love the two desks and chairs:

 

 

Anyhoo. I give them a B on the color choice because it's good but not interesting, but they really need to do some thinking on what the hell else they wants to have in that room. The WE dresser needs to move to another space. Maybe the foyer, and get rid of the Target box/garden stool "vignette" she has there?

September 4, 2013
2:36 pm
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retail detritus
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June 26, 2012

theretheyretheir said
This reminds me of a post from http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/. Except Jen would have painted the inside, covered the shelves in interesting paper, made pretty labels and included a free printable organization list. In short, she would have done a better job. 

 

My kid is only 18 months old, but it seems like a lot to expect Clara to only check one toy our at a time and understand the whole library concept. Are the Petersiks playing toy gestapo, or am I too permissive?

18 months is too early, but three isn't. This is totally a Montessori concept of rotating toys and limiting the number of them. My kid is 2.5 an couldn't really have understood this until the last month or so, and we only do in large categories of toys. So pick up the trains and we'll use crayons/markers or put way the cars and we'll cook. He's just beginning to do any degree of independent play that lasts for more than a few minutes, but limiting the choices of toys is extending that.

 

I actually think they've done a good job with this, just because kids don't quite get the concept yet doesn't mean we don't continue to use it. I do wish they'd credited some research on this, they didn't invent the concept, a billion bloggers have done this, and Montessori theory can be controversial. Could have been a really interesting life style post.

September 4, 2013
3:07 pm
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WheresMyCoffee
Hamprince of Meowtonia
Meows: 6969
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December 4, 2012

Im sure they do the "toy checking out" with her and explain it to her, why they are doing it etc…. I think its a good idea. Its something Id like to do with my son, like they mentioned in the post, it keeps from just plowing through all your toys and having a big mess.

 

Todays post wasn't perfect, sure they could have done more, but I still think its a step in the right direction and as I said upthread, its the first time Ive felt inspired by them in a LONG LONG time.

September 4, 2013
4:03 pm
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homeslice
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September 6, 2012

So what, big deal, they rotate toys???  Like that hasn't been done before.

Checking out toys?…totally dumb…would not work in my house, because I don't have a house husband to help me out during the day with, like, everything;)

I have 2 kids under 4 and they can play with any darn thing they want, as long as they leave mommy enough time to do things like wash, cook, clean and check out GOMI;)

I'm also able to keep things pretty organized and teach my kids about being responsible for their stuff and putting it away.

Another post about the Practically Perfect Petersiks…gag.

September 4, 2013
4:12 pm
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blogaddictto
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January 28, 2013

retail detritus said

theretheyretheir said
This reminds me of a post from http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/. Except Jen would have painted the inside, covered the shelves in interesting paper, made pretty labels and included a free printable organization list. In short, she would have done a better job. 

My kid is only 18 months old, but it seems like a lot to expect Clara to only check one toy our at a time and understand the whole library concept. Are the Petersiks playing toy gestapo, or am I too permissive?

18 months is too early, but three isn't. This is totally a Montessori concept of rotating toys and limiting the number of them. My kid is 2.5 an couldn't really have understood this until the last month or so, and we only do in large categories of toys. So pick up the trains and we'll use crayons/markers or put way the cars and we'll cook. He's just beginning to do any degree of independent play that lasts for more than a few minutes, but limiting the choices of toys is extending that.

I actually think they've done a good job with this, just because kids don't quite get the concept yet doesn't mean we don't continue to use it. I do wish they'd credited some research on this, they didn't invent the concept, a billion bloggers have done this, and Montessori theory can be controversial. Could have been a really interesting life style post.

 


This.  I think this is it.  J&S are smart in a way – they always play it so middle of the road so as not to offend – or not even that they are worried about offending but I think it's more likely that they instead want to appeal to the most number of readers – all for the pageview$.  Heaven forbid they just say "hey we love the philosophy of Montessori and are using it with Clara because of XYZ". That might turn someone off and they'd lose a pageview/$$$.

 

Someone said it up thread – own your shit.  Like we do X because of Y and just own it.

 

I get it – their whole livelihood is wrapped up in the blog and they don't want to be a lightening rod but it's just all so boring now.  I'd rather they have any kind of personality than no personality at all (and Sherdog's faux hip/urban speak does not count).

September 4, 2013
4:58 pm
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avex
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Meows: 585
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February 8, 2013

blogaddictto said

retail detritus said

theretheyretheir said
This reminds me of a post from http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/. Except Jen would have painted the inside, covered the shelves in interesting paper, made pretty labels and included a free printable organization list. In short, she would have done a better job. 

My kid is only 18 months old, but it seems like a lot to expect Clara to only check one toy our at a time and understand the whole library concept. Are the Petersiks playing toy gestapo, or am I too permissive?

18 months is too early, but three isn't. This is totally a Montessori concept of rotating toys and limiting the number of them. My kid is 2.5 an couldn't really have understood this until the last month or so, and we only do in large categories of toys. So pick up the trains and we'll use crayons/markers or put way the cars and we'll cook. He's just beginning to do any degree of independent play that lasts for more than a few minutes, but limiting the choices of toys is extending that.

I actually think they've done a good job with this, just because kids don't quite get the concept yet doesn't mean we don't continue to use it. I do wish they'd credited some research on this, they didn't invent the concept, a billion bloggers have done this, and Montessori theory can be controversial. Could have been a really interesting life style post.

 


This.  I think this is it.  J&S are smart in a way – they always play it so middle of the road so as not to offend – or not even that they are worried about offending but I think it's more likely that they instead want to appeal to the most number of readers – all for the pageview$.  Heaven forbid they just say "hey we love the philosophy of Montessori and are using it with Clara because of XYZ". That might turn someone off and they'd lose a pageview/$$$.

 

Someone said it up thread – own your shit.  Like we do X because of Y and just own it.

 

I get it – their whole livelihood is wrapped up in the blog and they don't want to be a lightening rod but it's just all so boring now.  I'd rather they have any kind of personality than no personality at all (and Sherdog's faux hip/urban speak does not count).

Just because it's a Montessori thing doesn't mean that's why they're doing it. The concept of a toy cupboard is hardly revolutionary, it's possible they came across the idea and ran with it without subscribing to a particular parenting philosophy.

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