You know that particular, high-pitched scream that comes from a small child when you struggle to pull a tight shirt over her head because organizing her too-small clothes is just too daunting? Well, I’ve found a solution for that problem and it does not involve keeping a giant plastic bin in the nursery (which I did for far too long).
Behold, the trashcan transformed into a cute, compact bin for stashing too-small clothes until there’s time and energy to dump them into a plastic container or truck them off to the consignment shop.
I started with a rusty old black mesh metal trashcan that has been kicking around since my freshman year of college and was taking up space in our garage. With a coat of primer inside and out followed by gold spray paint, ribbon, and scrapbook paper, the old trashcan is useful again.
The “Too Small” tag was created in PicMonkey by taking a blank white image and adding a label overlay. I made the white image by saving a blank PowerPoint slide as a jpeg file. After printing it on white card stock and cutting it out, I used double-sided scrapbook tape to attach it to the patterned paper (it remains to be seen how well that will hold up). Using a craft knife, I cut a slit on either side of the patterned paper and ran ribbon through it, attaching the two ends with hot glue on the back of the can.
Organizing too-small clothes has always been such a pain, but now it’s easy to quickly grab items from my daughter’s closet or dresser (the can is between both) and chuck them in the can when I notice them. Eventually, they’ll make their way into a plastic storage bin in the garage. Or, I will admit that we’re not having any more children and will consign the best clothes and donate the rest. But I’m not quite ready for that yet.
Have you found a solution for organizing the too-small clothes in your house? Spray-painted any trash cans lately?
Sorry I was MIA for most of last week. I wrecked my back on the last day of vacation then came down with a stomach flu the day we returned! Not a good combination for sure.
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