Happy Monday, I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We had a low-key weekend just hanging out at the house. Friday night was pizza and movie night — I introduced the girls to a classic Disney movie, Mary Poppins. At the end Grace told me that she wanted to watch the movie “every day.” That made my heart smile. We watched it again on Saturday night. *wink*
Even though we had a fairly uneventful weekend I seem to be dragging a bit this morning. It’s definitely an extra-large cup of coffee kind of day.
Speaking of which, grab your cup of coffee and settle in, because this one is for all the mamas struggling to keep their kids stuff organized — I know I’m not the only one. I mean there are about 1,000+ boards called “playroom organization” or something of the like. Between the crayons, legos, books, barbies, etc. it can get out of hand quickly. And can someone tell me why children love to dump out the entire bin of toys? Not just like one bin because they’re looking for something, but they empty every. single. bin. Why?!
Our playroom is an ever evolving task of mine, always a work in progress. I’ve scoured Pinterest boards for ideas and inspiration, continuously on the hunt for ways to make our playroom the cutest little put together space on the block. Funny little story…
When Grace was a baby I tied labels to all of the cubbies with pictures of what belong in them. I had seen it on so many Pinterest boards — it looked cute and I convinced myself it would help us keep the room tidy. WRONG! No one paid attention to the labels. When it came time to cleanup kids just put toys in whatever bin was closest to them — parents too! After everyone left I would go back and re-organize to put everything in it’s right place. *facepalm*
Eventually I gave up and decided so what if everything isn’t in “the right” place, as long as everything has a place and it put away, right? So what’s my secret? Bins. Lots and lots of plastic bins. And yes, the kids still insist on dumping each and every one out of the floor (ugh!) but now it doesn’t pain me as much because I know that it can all be cleaned up and back in a bin in less than 5 minutes! yay!
I don’t have any “before” pictures of what the playroom looked like because I actually organized and purged right around Christmas but here’s what our playroom looks like today.
A while back we turned a couple of our kitchen cupboards into a place where the girls can keep their crafts and some “quiet time” activities. I initially had a couple of plastic bins to corral the play doh – but when Grace received a bunch of lego sets for Christmas and 3 different stamp kits for her birthday it was clearly time for a better storage solution.
You might have seen from my IG posts that I snagged a bunch of these purple bins from the Dollar Tree right after New Years. I love having all the bins in the same color, it really helps everything look so much more put together.
So there you have it, our kid space de-cluttered. Sure it’s not perfect but it’s functional for us and at the end of the day that’s all that matters. Hopefully this little peek into our kid space gives you some ideas for organizing your own kid space – I’d love to hear what ideas you’ve tried!! And don’t forget to check out the Clear the Clutter hosts, Kate, Jaclyn, and Keri for more inspiration.