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10 Minute Mistreatment

I am a big fan of The Nester. I have been "mistreating" things for years. When I read her blog for the first time, I felt like I had found a kindred spirit! She has totally validated my lazy, hair-brained ways of making things work! If you've never checked out her site, you should. Anyway, she's been posting lately about how you can make a room better in just 10 minutes. So I decided to give it a whirl in my little boy's room.

Because we live in a small apartment, I keep bins of toys under the crib.
Ugly clutter. Ack! It drives me nuts! I knew a crib skirt would make a huge difference.

I used a sheet as the backing for the quilt I made him, so I dug out the leftovers to use for the skirt. Here's the finished product:

No toys in sight! Hurray!!!

And here's how I did it:Yep, I literally laid the sheet under the mattress, evenly scrunched the edge, then put the mattress back down on top! It took all of five seconds. Since I used a sheet, it already had a finished edge. AND it's adjustable! When it's time to lower the mattress, the skirt will still fit perfectly! Hee Hee. If I get really ambitious some day, I think a little bit of red rick rack would be cute a few inches up from the bottom. But for now I'm just enjoying the big pay off for less than 10 minutes of work. Thanks, Nester!

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  1. that looks great and so clever!

  2. What a great solution! I wish I had thought of that when we had cribs in our home! :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  3. fantastic idea and great after. It's amazing what a quick fix can do.

  4. This is an awesome idea! So easy but it looks great!!

  5. That's great!! What a difference fabric makes! I need to do this for my boys' bottom bunk. I store our trucks and tubs under there as well.

  6. ok this mama is VERY excited about that bedskirt idea! i always want mine to be longer on the crib and now it will be! thanks!

  7. Wow, that was a nifty trick! Thanks for sharing!


  8. That is a fabulous idea that I wish I would have had a few years ago!

  9. Great idea! Anything that hides clutter with no sewing is genius. :-)

  10. Wow, I am totally stealing that idea! I was about to buy a crib skirt for my son's nursery, but I'll get a flat sheet instead!

  11. Now that is one NIFTY Thrifty idea! PERFECT!

  12. Looks great! I have a bed skirt on my bed and it hides the rubbermaid containers that are under there storing my sweaters.

    Great idea!


  13. What a great solution! I've always thought that crib skirts were outrageously priced. You can totally reuse the sheet!

  14. Really good idea! The Nester told me that is "Creative Concealment." :)

  15. It totally looks like a store bought bed skirt. Rock on girl!

  16. FANTASTIC! That's the kind of fix i like--looks great and hides stuff!

  17. ok- while you were posting this, I was working my head off on sewing curtains and a dust ruffle for the baby room- too ironic!!! :) If only you had posted sooner! :) They turned out pretty good though, so its ok. :) Thanks so much for your ideas! You really helped give me hope- I ended up buying a flat sheet for $3 and it worked great- and then I wasn't kicking myself over the price.


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