Decorate With Thirty-one

So today isn’t about anything crafty or delicious that I’ve made, it’s not even about a good book or movie. Today is about decorating the kids room with an adorable gift from their Nana and Papa!
I’m hoping that almost everyone has heard of thirty-one by now. It’s a company that functions like Tupperware, sold in parties and can be used for everything. I have many bags, Tony will tell you too many, but what does he know?
My mom was asking recently if I had any bags I wanted and I told her the only ones I was interested in were the semi-new snap-bags. Then I explained what I wanted to do with them, and she bought them for my kids.

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Here we have six snap-bags, each with a letter from Arthur’s name, hanging from a decorative curtain rod, $6.98 at Walmart. I loved the idea of this! It’s a cute way for the kids to store toys, especially their current favorites. I constantly get the reasoning of, “Mom, this is my favorite and it will get lost in the toy box.” It won’t now! Arthur can put whatever little Lego project he’s working on in a bag at the end of the night, or even one of his medium Transformers will fit! Kids also love anything with their name on it!

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Of course Chiara has a set too. The purple color had two complementing patterns, so my mom alternated each letter to a different pattern. She’s already started putting her ponies and little princess dolls in the bag so they don’t get lost. I tried telling her to clean her room, but that ‘is very hard work!’

Do you think something like this would work for your kids?

Make your thirty-one bag stand up

Make your thirty-one bag stand up

I’m sorry to say that I can’t credit the original pinner because the link is no longer good. I did however find this awesome picture on Pinterest. I have 2 of these Large Utility Totes and I love them. I use them constantly and my most recent use is to put our winter gear in one I leave by the front door. The kids aren’t tall enough to reach the peg hooks we have so they were flinging their coats wherever. The utility tote holds their coats, Tony and I’s gloves and scarves. Basically all the loose stuff you need in winter! Only problem was it kept collapsing as soon as you pulled the stuff back out. As a mom, I have the patience to hold the sides up while I stuff the stuff back in, but the kids just end up making a pile on top of the bag. This certainly solved that problem!
This looked simple enough based on the pictures. You just take some cardboard, wrap it in a vinyl table cloth and place it in your bag. At first I was thinking, staple gun. Turns out, not such a hot idea, since there is nothing to turn the staples and you sure don’t want the cardboard stuck to your floor! I did find a regular stapler in the house, so I was able to do the 4 sides using staples to hold the vinyl in place. I then ran out of staples, so I moved on to packing tape. It works, but it’s a little iffy. It doesn’t stick too well to the vinyl, but it’ll do in a pinch. I didn’t have any vinyl that went with my other tote, so I was only able to do one of my bags. I’m hoping once I find a vinyl tablecloth pattern that will go with my other bag it will turn out a little better. It turned out alright, I love the concept, but I definitely am looking forward to a do-over!
*Quick update to help make yours better than my first attempt: if you want exact measurements for your thirty-one large utility tote, you need cardboard pieces in the following sizes. (2)11″x21″ pieces, (2)11″x9″, (1)21″x9″