We’ve made it to Day 25 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Are you still with me?? Today is all about toys. Whether you have kids or are just a kid at heart😀...let’s declutter those toys! Our 12 year old son is ready for these guys to find a new home.
Please share what you find today!
Good morning! Let's organize playrooms for more fun!
Organizing playrooms or play spaces for children can increase the amount of fun had, and reduce the clutter and mess. Here are a few ideas which may save your sanity.
**Use birthdays and holidays as opportunities to sort toys with kids. Broken toys can be tossed, and ones that are no longer used can be donated.
**Take a section of a wall and use chalkboard paint for hours of fun without much space required. Or, simply use an easel (as in the photo below).
**Hang canvas shoe storage bags on the back of the door so kids can easily store and find small toys.
**Designate areas for different activities.
**Use simple shelving instead of large toy boxes (bottomless mysteries) and use smaller bins so finding specific toys is easier.
**Make sure all furniture, storage units, or flooring you use are easy to clean.
Check out the photos below to see how a space can be transformed!
Design a Dining Room for Dual Purposes!
Dining rooms are often used not only for dining, but for doing homework, reading the paper, sorting and paying bills, or many other tasks where a table is desired. Keep your dining room functional for dining, as well as these other activities with a few simple ideas.
-Incorporate a small dresser into the room. Use one or two drawers for table cloths and napkins. The others can be used for items like pens, pencils, and scissors that might be used frequently at the table.
-If you read the paper at the table, keep a decorative recycling basket nearby to avoid stacks of paper on the floor.
-If the dining room doubles as a homework zone, hang decorative pegs for backpacks. Or keep a homework cart nearby that can be easily rolled out of sight.
-Keep a small trash can nearby by for all of those activities other than dining that leave a mess.
What activities occur in your dining room? Do you use any of these tips to stay organized? Please share in the comments!
Help Kids Learn How to Organize!
I hope you are having a great week! Let's chat about kids' bedrooms and playrooms. They are often cluttered with toys, school items, and anything they can drag through the door. Help them to conquer the clutter by setting them up for success with functional storage.
Here are a few ideas to try:
-Instead of one large toy box in which small parts are easily lost, invest in several smaller ones. Or place smaller bins inside of a large toy chest.
-Have kids help sort their items into like piles and put in separate bins, boxes, or totes.
-Label all containers, or use clear containers for younger children who can't read labels yet.
-Use fish nets or pet nets to keep stuffed animals off of the floor. Collapsible laundry hampers are a great solution as well.
-When new toys are brought into your space, take the opportunity to help your children to let go of any others that are no longer loved. A "1 in, 1 out" rule can be very helpful.
Encourage kids to keep their space organized. It will be easier for them to maintain the system when they know there is a special place for each item.
What is your favorite way to store stuffed animals? Please share it in the comments!
Good morning, hope you are having a beautiful day!
It is nearing back-to-school time here. Kiddos heading back to school, vacations enjoyed, cooler fall weather coming around the corner...this is the perfect time to think about setting goals you can reach. Creating goals for organizing your space is an essential key to success. These goals will be your road map.
You can start small and work up to those larger, more daunting tasks. Instead of setting one large goal of attaining an organized home, break up the organization into rooms, functions, or even closets. Goal setting might look something like this:
1. Organize bedroom closet and donate clothes that aren't worn.
2. Sort through linen closet and mark sheets according to bed size.
3. Clean laundry room and install shelves.
4. Declutter home office.
5. Clean son's room and help him donate unused toys to children who would love them.
Breaking down the overwhelming task of organizing an entire living space into manageable pieces is important for reaching those goals that have been set. Who doesn't like to reach their goals?! Long-distance high five!
Who has tried "filing" their folded shirts in a drawer? It has really worked well for my 10 year old son. He can see the print on each one, and can easily select which one he wants to wear. Also, a folding board can help even small children to fold their own clothes!