Unfortunately, that nasty thing called “procrastination” creeps in and before you know it your life (and everyone else’s around you) is totally out of control.
That’s the story with the Kids’ room (yes, they share a room together). I had it organized at one point, however life got in the way and before I knew it, it was so out of control it was taking the kids hours to clean their toys up!
Poor Ryan (my youngest) would get so stressed out with the amount of toys he had to pick up he’d simply give up. I fought with him hundreds of times before I finally decided enough was enough, and I came up with a solution to organize their room once and for all! It’s not perfect, but it works SOOOO much better than it used to. Here’s what I started with:
As you can see, everything was quite scattered with no real place for anything to go. The bin in the upper left hand corner was severely unorganized with a mixture of anything and everything. Since I recently found out that my kids were getting “everloaded” with toys I decided to “hide” most of them in the closet and begin rotating them.
Lucky for me The closet was pretty unorganized as well, so I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone by sticking the bulk of the toys in there and getting rid of anything that had no place there.
Here’s the finished product:
Isn’t it WONDERFUL?! Of course I would like for everything to be matching with a built in closet organizing system, but that’s simply not in the budget right now, so I’m quite thrilled with what I could do FOR FREE! I’m really enjoying this thrifty organizing!
What I Did:
- I grabbed some much needed Cinch Energy Tea (OMG, I LOVE that stuff!!!).
- Then I moved a book shelf we had that was no longer needed in another room into the kids’ closet where I put many of their toys and books.
- Then I moved the plastic dresser that had all those unorganized toys right next to the book shelf in the closet.
All hyped up on caffeineI set out to organize all the toys in the plastic dresser so all the blocks were together, the small balls were in one drawer, the Playskool Mr. Potato Head toys were together in another drawer, and so that all the other miscellaneous toys were in yet another drawer.
- Next I got rid of anything on the top shelf of the closet and replaced it with board games, puzzles, dolly stuff, and Ariela’s Mahalo U-30PK Painted Economy Soprano Ukulele (Pink).
- Finally, I selected several toys and neatly placed them on the shelving bellow Ryan’s changing table.
Clearly the babes are HAPPY! They have gone from being quite bored during sibling playtime to really enjoying themselves. I can totally tell when it’s time to rotate their toys because they just stop playing with them. If you’re wondering how often I rotate their toys, it’s been about once per week on average now. From what I can tell, that’s pretty normal. Give it a try. It’s totally worth it!
Organizers: any tips you wanna share with us? What about everyone else: how do you organize your kids’ rooms?
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