As you know by now, we have a bit of a problem with the kid’s spaces in our house. The few parts of the house where the kids don’t hang out (either because they’re so boring they don’t care to, or because I won’t let them because I need space that’s MINE ALL MINE) are fine, but when it comes to the majority of the house the typical little kid chaos and clutter takes over. When Home Depot offered to let me take a look at their storage options I jumped at the chance to fix this problem, and decided to focus my efforts on the basement, i.e. the kid’s playroom, mostly because I want it to be a place the kids would want to hang out in.
That’s the point of a playroom, after all.
After my little trip to Home Depot, the boys and I got to work. (What? You didn’t think I was going to do this all alone, did you?)
The secret to getting kids organized is to get them involved, and when you have younger kids the smartest way to go is to go simple. So that’s what we did!
First order of business: Getting the LEGO under control:
I was amazed at how excited the kids were to sort their LEGO into this inexpensive tool box — it has tons of removable little compartments and the boys sorted their bricks by size and color all by themselves. If you knew how many times a day I have to ask them to put their LEGO away in the big bins they usually use, you’d be twice as impressed as I was by this.
I think they did a great job:
Next, it was time to get things off the floor. We have a 5×5 Expedit from Ikea, which is nice, except that open shelves and little boys don’t mix so well. For some reason, my boys just couldn’t grasp the concept of putting things back on the shelf in a reasonably aesthetically pleasing manner. Also, I think having their toys right at eye level did something to their psyches and they were unable to resist taking everything off the shelf as soon as they went into the playroom. And then leaving it there.
So I bought some fabric drawers from Martha Stewart, even though I was worried that they wouldn’t fit since they were smaller than the Expedit’s dimensions — but they fit great! I actually appreciate that the fit isn’t too tight, and there’s room in the back if we ever need it. Ahem.
I’m only half-kidding by the way. They had fun cleaning up — I think it’s the fact that I let them make some of the decisions.
My favorite detail is how we used this craft organizer from Martha Stewart to make two of the cubbies more useful — now the Matchbox cars have a home!
And since the playroom floor was now free of random toys we were finally free to use it for what it was meant for … fun! Anyone care for a round of bowling?