It’s summer time which means school is out and the kids are home…all…the…time. When children spend more time around the house the toys can get a bit out of control. Here are our favorite ways to organize toy clutter.
Organize Toy Clutter
Accept What Is
The reality is, if you have young children there will be toys. While there are tips to help deal with the clutter, Organizing Moms remind us that it is ok to stop worrying about it!
Accept that there will be neat days and there will be messy days. The pictures on Pinterest are not reality. The pictures of your kids happily playing trump the images of perfectly organized playrooms.
These days will be over before you know it, so on occasion, go ahead and embrace the mess…and the JOY!
Clear the Clutter
The more toys there are the more likely there will be a mess. So take some time now and then to clear the clutter. Here are a few steps to get you started.
- Get rid of the plastic junk. You know, all those little toys that come in kids meals. It’s time to let those things go.
- Anything that is broken can go as well. That’s what we call the easy good-bye.
- Pull out the toys that are no longer age appropriate. Either store for another child, or donate them.
- Involve your children in the purge. Talk to them about donating toys to those in need and let them help you decide what can go.
Little House Lovely Home has these tips for involving your children in donating toys.
Giving or donating to other kids in need is a great way to clear toy clutter. BUT, how you approach this strategy with your kids depends on their age. 5 year olds are starting to understand how privileged they are, and begin showing a genuine interest in helping others. Younger children won’t even pass a toy to baby brother without a tantrum. If your kids are older, talk to them about passing on the toys they don’t use to other children.
A Place for Everything
If you have a designated place for everything your children will be much more likely to put things away. Apartment Therapy has these suggestions:
Have one designated area for toys and decide that all toys that stay in the house need to fit in that place. It could be a basket, or a toy chest, or a bookshelf with several bins. Decide what goes where, and let this be a measure of whether you are accumulating too many toys. I have a large toy basket to hold the majority of my daughter’s toys (which doesn’t include stuffed animals and books), and I know its time to get rid of some things when that basket can’t hold all her toys.
We’re Your Fairy Godmother
Do you wish you had a fairy godmother you could call on to organize the toy clutter? We can help! Schedule your free consultation today. We can create a toy organization system that is perfect for your family’s needs!
School is out for the summer! The joy of that moment lasts approximately 3.2 seconds before the arguing and “I’m bored” whining begins. When you are looking for something to do give one of these closet projects for summer a try!
Closet Projects for Summer
Let the Chores Begin
Many parents want to balance the time their children spend on screens with activities that are a bit more productive. You can find chore charts all over the internet, like this free one, that allow you to incorporate a “before you play” lifestyle in your home. It’s time to start getting things done around the house!
We’d like to suggest that in addition to things like dishes, dusting, or scrubbing toilets you add a few closet chores to the list! Better Homes & Gardens reminds us that kids can organize too!
Let children be a part of the organization process and you might be surprised by how willing they are to help declutter the space and keep the closet organized. Encourage little ones to tell you how they’d like to sort and store their favorite items, or let them choose what kids’ closet dividers they like best. Work together with older kids to get organized, then turn them loose to decorate the space with their favorite colors and patterns.
Encourage those youngsters to purge unwanted items, organize their clothes, and get their closet under control! When school rolls around again you will be so glad that you took the time to get the closet organized during the not-so-lazy days of summer.
Just because your kids aren’t in school doesn’t mean they can’t continue to learn. Consider this summer your training period so that you can start moving laundry off your shoulders and onto theirs! Children as young as 2 can fold clothes and even put shirts on a hanger. And there is no reason your teenager can’t start doing their own laundry! (Just remind them that yes, soap is needed in every load. Trust me on that one.) Do you know what that means?!! Those little people can start putting away their own clothes!! Game changer right there.
With an organized closet its so much easier to know where everything goes. Better Homes & Gardens has these tips.
Label types of clothing and accessories to keep things organized. Color-coordinated containers can do the trick, too. Over time, your child will learn the difference between clothing items, as well as the value of organization. For a personal touch to your kid’s closet storage, pick labels in his or her favorite color. Kids’ closet organizer products can be found at most home goods stores or you can make your own with construction paper, washi tape, and markers.
Organizing is the same as sorting…so that’s math. Creating labels is reading and writing. Creating your own labels is essentially art class. So there you go! Summer school and closet organization all at once. You’ve officially earned rock star mom status!
Or You Can Be the Fun Mom
It’s possible your offspring may be complaining about your genius closet projects for summer. With these suggestions you can go from mean mom to fun mom! Let your child know that once their closet is clean and organized they could create a reading nook or closet fort.
Every child loves the idea of a special place just for them. Create a design together and then help your child find all the resources they need to get started. They might just thank you for making them clean and organize their closet. Ok, probably not, but a mom can dream!
Put Us to Work
Your kids are working on their closets, so why not let us come work on yours! Make this the summer of closets. We’ll bring the showroom to you and take care of every last detail. You can put up your feet and relax with a good book. Schedule your free consultation today!
You’ve been spending day and night making sure the nursery is ready for your new baby. Now that your friends have showered you with gifts, its time to turn your attention to the closet. Here are our favorite tips for organizing a nursery closet!
Organize by Size
Infants go through sizes at lightning speed. Which makes organizing their clothes a special situation. Homedit suggests you section the clothes.
First things first, sort through your baby’s clothes. From Newborn to 12 months, you’ll need to grab some closet dividers and get started placing each onesie and outfit into the right spot. This will make it easier for mom to find the right sizes and make it so you use all those gorgeous outfits before baby outgrows them!
We recommend hanging as much as you can. It’s much easier to see what you have when the items are hung by size in the closet. Once clothing gets put in a drawer it can easily get covered or shoved to the back. You don’t want to miss out on some of your favorite outfits because you can’t see them!
Babies come with so many teeny tiny accessories. Bibs, hats, socks, shoes, pacifiers…oh my. A Night Owl Blog suggests adding baskets to drawers to organize those items.
You can use baskets in drawers to make organization easier! I grabbed shallow baskets that are making our top drawer much less of a mess. They’re great for corralling baby socks, hats, lovies and more!
Shelf It Up
If you have shelves in your closet you can use them to store a plethora of items. Stuffed animals, blankets, and clothes that are too big or too small. You will be able to find plenty of ways to utilize the shelf space in your baby’s closet.
Shelves are another great place to utilize baskets. They can hold items that are difficult to corral and keep things looking nice and clean. Put larger baskets or bins on the floor to hold stuffed animals or toys. So you know, baskets can hold babies too. All the toys will probably end up on the floor with a baby in the basket. That’s just the way life with children goes.
Don’t Forget the Design
Your nursery is the most adorable space in your house. Why shouldn’t the nursery closet be just as lovely? Project Nursery reminds us to remember the design elements when pulling together a nursery closet.
Sleek shelves, full-sized dressers, adorable baskets and bins are accentuated with wallpaper, artwork and even rugs. Watch out teeny tiny baby clothes, you may have trouble competing with these stellar inside-the-closet designs.
Let Us Help You Nest the Nursery
When baby is on the way sometimes you just want to delegate the organizational tasks. The designers at Closet Envy can help you take your dream nursery closet from vision to reality. Schedule your free consultation when you are ready to nest the nursery. We’re happy to help!