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Princess Dress Up Corner

March 31, 2014

Is everyone having a good Monday?  The sun is shining and it's warm outside today here in Richmond.  It's lifted my mood by about 1000 degrees!  I feel like today really is the first day it feels like Spring.
 
I've been meaning to share with you a little update we made in Wells' room recently.  There is a small little nook just inside Wells' bedroom door.  During her big dream room makeover we decided to build bookshelves and turn it into a library.  Of course we ran out of time during our three day installation and it was put on the back burner until after the new year.  Once Christmas came, and with it a load of princess clothes, I knew we needed to refocus that area.  Don't worry, we have lots of other space in her room (and our playroom downstairs) to store books and encourage reading.


This nook was just begging to be turned into a princess dress up corner.  It was the perfect place to corral corral everything.  Matthew installed a simple wood bar and I hang up all of her dress up clothes.  I placed a basket on the floor to keep crowns, hats, fancy jewels, and gloves.  The shoe box full of princess shoes was turned on its back to accommodate a few extra pairs.  We also store her Sofia the First Karaoke Boom Box and her keyboard and guitar in the corner. 


I love that it encourages free play.  She loves to put on a performance for us at bedtime and she has access at her level to her things during the day.  It also has done wonders to distinguish school or Church clothes from "dress up clothes".  No worries about plastic shoe meltdowns on a Tuesday morning.

Because the clothes bar was hung low enough for easy child access we had a big blank space on the wall right at grown up eye level.  I wanted something bold enough to carry weight but not too busy.  The dress up is the star of the show.  I'm so in love with our purple You Are A Princess print from Uh Oh Pasghettio.  What a fun addition to any girls's room, but especially a princess corner.  We went with the 16x20 and popped it straight into an ikea ribba frame.  Done.


This room has just enough space to really call this a nook but you could easily adapt this system if your child's closet doesn't.  Hooks on the wall behind the door would also work.  The key is to have immediate visual access to everything.  And please don't think this is limited to just princess girl fun. This is our full on imagination corner.  And Tagg has his own system in his room because this type of play shouldn't be limited to girls.


I purposely chose to exclude a mirror from this area because 1. we didn't need it and 2. we didn't need it.  There is a giant mirror above her dresser and lots of mirrors in our home.  I'm not going to lie, I sneak a glance several times a day myself.  But seeing what you look like isn't the point of this corner.  I want to encourage Wells to dress up and chose colors and textures and try on different "personas" and focus on how it makes her feel in her heart and not what it looks like with her eyes.  Girl mom PSA over.


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12 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! Our dress up is in bins and we have really run out of room. I would love to find a corner where the kids have such easy access and don't have to dig through multiple other items to find what they want. Such a great idea!

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  2. So darling! That really is the perfect spot for a dress up corner. You are right, boys like it too :).

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  3. So cute. Every girl needs a space like this!

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  4. This is adorable!!! I love what you did with the space and the adorable artwork. It makes me want to have a little girl right now. Or we could just change it up and make a Super heroes closet for the boys :)

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  5. What a perfect little girl's space!

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  6. Such a great use of space! I need to start EMS princess collection! Love it!

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  7. Wow! I would have loved this as a child. Love that is at her level. And you make a good point about the mirror!

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  8. Such a cute area. And you might be the cutest/best mom ever. Love the no mirror zone!

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  9. I love this! As a mom of a girl (who at 14 months already loves to dress up--it just usually is anything out of the clean laundry!) I know we will be in need of a system like this in the near future. I love that you have on in Tagg's room as well! And yay for no mirror!

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  10. so cute!! and I love your theory on mirrors. She and her friends will adore that corner!

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  11. I love this idea, Julia! My 18 month old's (sidenote: it truly amazes me how early they pick up on the princess thing!) dress up "trunk" is already full to the seams, so this is the perfect solution!

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