ORGANIZING TIP: HIDDEN Toy Storage

This one goes out to all you mommas out there!!
I am here to let you in on one of my parenting secrets involving TOYS… So read on.. You can thank me later 🙂cannon-2016-966
My spoiled kids have a bunch of grandparents who love them VERY VERY VERY MUCH. (Both my husband and my parents divorced and remarried)
And if you have kids you know that grandparents+grandchild = toys
And if you know me.. I like to keep a clean, decluttered house.
So how can I let the two combine?? I came up with a solution: to have toys accessible but hidden when not in use.
Now don’t get me wrong… I DO HAVE MOMENTS of a messy house.. But for the most part, it is picked up because I made the toys easy to put away!
Before becoming a minimalist, we had so many toys that they were seriously taking over our house.  I feel like there is such a thing as a TOY EPIDEMIC. Everywhere I looked, toys were coming at me. Since then, however, we have really limited the amount of toys in our home. BEST. DECISION. EVER. by the way…
But back to our topic:
I had to come up with a solution to allow my kids to get to their toys easily; but also have it be easy and quick to put away for my sanity. I love my kids, but I also love my house to not scream “CHILDREN LIVE HERE.” So I found some simple ways to hide some of their lovely  toys that they can get to easily in plain sight!
15841264_1208422132569882_2020280915_n

ORGANIZING TIP: Storing Board Games

Quick organizing tip!

When storing board games for children, stack them next to each other. That way when they pull it out, they have a spot to put it back. If you stack on top of each other, kids will usually set the game they were using on the top; which is fine if it was on top to begin with. But if it wasn’t, you will be left with a big game box on top of little games, which then results into a spilled mess in the closet once the board games fall from picking out a different game the next time. Save ourself the mess and the hassle by organizing them like this!
Have smaller card games that can’t stack like this? Find a bin to store all the small and/or travel sized games so they all stay in one spot! #oohlahlahdesigns #iheartorganizing

 

Image may contain: indoor

ORGANIZING TIP: QUIET TIME BOXES

Ever wonder what to do once your child stops NAPPING!
DUN. DUN. DUN.
Well, I decided to create some “Quiet Time Boxes” so that I can still have “ME” time throughout the day.
Who here has heard of Quiet Time boxes? Anyone?
Well you will know about them now!
Quiet time boxes are boxes of activities that you child can do ON THEIR OWN without adult supervision or help. The point is for them to be alone playing and learning without them asking you for help every five minutes.
**QUICK ORGANIZING TIP: Not only is this a GENIUS way for them to stay engaged for about an hour each day; but it also helps keep your playroom / toys MORE ORGANIZED!!
You see, the more toys you have in bins that are put away except for the hour that they are out- THE LESS TOYS YOU HAVE TO BE CONSTANTLY PICKING UP THROUGHOUT THE DAY/WEEK/MONTH/YEAR! (And I can guarantee you they will survive just fine with less toys!)

J-MAN is only allowed to play with these during quiet time- and I set them up to where he only plays with certain toys once a week so that he stays excited to play with them!!

 

Continue reading