Today, my challenge for you (after a ton of requests) is to organize your childrens toys. If you dont have children, you can organize a hobby area of yours.
My Challenge for you!
Im not going to go into detail here about the steps you need to do today. The main thing I want you to do is to categorize and containerize!!! If you have a label… it will work perfectly on this challenge. Im excited to see what you all inspire me with today.
Here are my challenge pictures (to give you a little inspiration)…
This subject always used to give me a headache… but now that I have organization perfected, I no longer worry about “TOYS”. With my first daughter, I thought a toy box was the answer. I later found out that was the worst thing you could buy if you wanted to keep toys in order & under control.
I found these bins at the Target dollar section (My favorite store)
The key is to containerize EVERYTHING! Plastic shoe boxes are a wonderful invention. If it falls under the toy category, you can containerize it (unless its jumbo size… then stear clear). I have a container for all of the following toys in my toy room… and I labeled them all. I removed all toys from their original boxes/containers (yes, I know that was hard to do) and put them in the plastic boxes. It was much easier to stack and easier for the kids to utilize.
1. Polly Pockets
2. Lincoln Logs
3. Little People
4. Doctor Kit
5. Mr. Potato Head
6. Strawberry Shortcake
8. Fisher Price Loving Family
9. Play Food
10. Play dishes
11. Coloring Books
13. Moon Sand
14. Dress up Shoes
16. Matchbox Cars
18. Disness Princesses
19. Flash Cards
20. Playdoh Tools
In a perfect world, all of the containers would be matching… be we dont live in a perfect world. 🙂 Its just not necessary for the kids.
Now if our kids could actually read the labels and pick up after themselves (thats a whole different story).
Jen from I Heart Organizing shared this idea… to containerize dvds, cds, and video games. I loved the idea so much, I went out and bought 4 of them. You can purchase them at The Container Store.
The movies are on an inventory list (you can download this from iheartorganizing). I put them in alphabetical order. They are numbered and placed in the file box where the sleeve is also numbered. Its really easy for the kids to find a movie to watch. They just look on the clipboard. Thanks for the idea Jen!
Our Movie Inventory List
Favorite childrens books are on the shelf for easy access.
The Wii system is neatly placed on a game organizer (purchased at a garage sale for $1.00)… thanks Amy!
Finally, Baskets are another great classic organizing tool.
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Link up to Day #9 Challenge (Toy Organization) below…