Griff, who is 8, has been taking more and more stuff up into his bunk. We don't nitpick this habit because it's his space and he loves reading for an hour before going to sleep, but when we went to strip his sheets the other day and discovered that in addition to 8-10 assorted books, he also had a box set of Little House Books, his diary, a tattered sudoku collection, several stuffed animals, his reading light, assorted pens and pencils, and a chess set...well, it was time to find a top bunk storage solution. Not just talk about it, as we've done for a year or so, but actually DO IT.
We had a mom-and-son date at Target today, where I led him through every conceivable area of the store that has organization/storage items. Office supplies, home improvement, bath caddies, baby gear organizers, laundry baskets, and on and on. He wasn't keen on my idea of hanging a canvas closet organizer horizontally, but he loved the shower caddy. Not my first pick, but the idea was to find things we could hang from a picture rail. He wanted two, and I discussed the price of one with him. He was suitably impressed by the expense and agreed to limit it to one. It seemed like we wouldn't find something we could use for bookshelves and larger toy storage, so I asked him what he had envisioned. He said he wanted baskets. I had been picturing horizontal storage, while he had been picturing bins! We found baskets - again discussing the cost and the importance of treating them with care - and once we were actually hanging them, I realized they could work in both orientations, so he decided to have one of each.
The caddy is hung from a hook off the picture rail. I wove wire into the baskets and hung them from two hooks each. It's not gorgeous (the baskets are OK but the caddy...oy), but it's tidy, and better yet, Griff was part of choosing the solution. Everything fits perfectly. Well, I asked him not to keep the chess set up there. But he's got all the other things he loves, without crowding himself out of his bed.