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Getting Organized

I first noticed that something had gotten completely out of control when my kids were about three. There were toys everywhere. We had graduated from one to two toy boxes and it didn’t seem to help.

No matter what I did there were blocks and action figures and little ponies and happy meal toys in almost every room in our house.

Oh, who am I trying to kid. There were toys in every room. Even the guest bathroom. I don’t know how or why, but it was true.

Don’t even get me started on Legos.

Even on the off chance that all of the toys actually made it into one of the two big boxes it was impossible to find anything. YOU try to find the green Polly Pocket dress with the flowers on it in a haystack made out of green and pink plastic things.

I had noticed that somehow the preschool was able to stay clean and organized so I began paying attention. The answer had been there in the frogs classroom all along. The solution was bins.

We bought colorful bins.

We bought a set for each kid’s room. I grabbed some masking tape and labeled my daughter’s bin’s things like “My Little Ponies” and “Doll House” and “Polly Pockets” and my son’s had labels like “dinosaurs” and “Batman” and “Bakugan”.

The tape system was awesome because when he grew out of the dinosaur phase and into the Star Wars pause all I needed was a sharpie and some more tape.

They were fantastic for about three years.

Then the toys changed shape and my bins started to look like this.

All of the time.

The time has come for change. Turn, turn, turn.

So yesterday I went to The Home Depot and I bought these.

Plastic shoes and pots sold separately. I think. I haven't actually opened the boxes yet.

Nice, right? The cubes come in a bunch of different colors and you can buy the shelving in white or black. I bought two sets of white shelving and pink and purple cubes for my daughter’s room and black, red and green cubes for my son. I am really excited to put them together.

I showed the kids and they seemed excited. Getting an eight year boy old worked up about furniture that doesn’t play video games is a huge feat so I am preemptively calling this a success, but stay tuned. I will even take pictures.

 

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