So we’ve decluttered.
At least I hope it’s still organized–Frick and Frack were playing in the playroom since Round One was written.
Today’s all about storage.
Where do we store all of the toys?
We bought storage units from Target some time ago. This gets kind of pricey, unless you buy the units during a sale and with gift cards as we did. Other options are getting storage containers from a dollar store or reuse ones around the house you have been neglecting. I’ve saved baby wipe containers for puzzle pieces, legos, and crayons. There are so many options for organization. I just happen to use what we already had this time around.
Several years ago, we discovered this table from Pottery Barn Kids:
It’s a beautiful and an extremely useful piece of furniture, but it didn’t fit into our budget.
After studying it for some time, BP thought he could make something like it himself.
And so Mr. Handy Dandy got to work.
He created this table by using the Pottery Barn one as a guide:
It contains storage for train tracks, hot wheels tracks, etc. in the baskets, a space to set up all of said tracks on top, and the mini trampoline underneath the table.
I love this piece of furniture.
And Mr. Handy Dandy.
As far as organization of toys, my tips for you include:
1. Baskets, baskets, baskets. Buckets, buckets, buckets. It makes clean up easy for the smallest of children and keeps things organized.
2. Store similar items together. Cars in one basket, puzzle pieces in another, and tracks in a different one.
3. If you are like me and kind of anal about where things go, clean up with your kids at first so they learn where to put things. It may take several days for them to get the hang of where everything goes, but once they learn it, you can run a well oiled cleanup machine. I’ve done this clean up process in my preschool classroom during centers. We play a song called “Tidy Up” by Dr. Jean (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells). The children sing as they clean the classroom. If you set the bar high, the children will jump to reach it. It’s all about expectations. Now, does our playroom stay clean 100% of the time? Of course not. But when we do tackle it, everything has a place and my children get it done.
As they whine about it. ;)
Don’t forget to check out my friends and their spruce ups:
Sprucing Up the Laundry Room | Mama’s Laundry Talk
Sprucing Up the School Room | Homegrown Mom
Sprucing Up the Craft Room | Many Little Blessings
Sprucing Up the Bathroom | Feels Like Home
Sprucing Up the Playroom | …Life’s About a Dream
Sprucing Up the Garage/Storage Space | A Slob Comes Clean
Sprucing Up the Master Bedroom | Raising Arrows
Sprucing Up Your Homeschool | Jimmie’s Collage
Sprucing Up the Kitchen | So Happy Together
Sprucing Up the Garden | An Oregon Cottage
Sprucing Up the Backyard | Successful Homeschooling