How to Organize Kids Toys Without Losing Your Mind

As my kids started getting older it seemed the number of toys in our house increased exponentially. Everywhere I looked there was toys. And then the toys started coming with lots of smaller parts. At first we put them in a big box.


But it got really frustrating trying to find the set of toys they wanted to play with. My kids would dump all the toys out and then there would be an even bigger mess.


One day I was at the library when a light bulb went off. The library stored all puzzles in plastic containers. I instantly knew this had to be my motto. I was going to buy a bunch of plastic containers for our toys.

I picked Sterilite containers to store our toys. I liked Sterilite containers because they came in all sizes, the mini clip box, small clip box, large clip box and deep clip boxes. These boxes store 90% of our toys. The other 10% of the toys, the train set, duplo blocks and cars get stored in larger Sterilite containers. The different sized boxes can be a little tricky to find. I found that plastic storage seems to be seasonal in stores. The best places to find them have been Target, Home Depot and Menards. But it really depends on the season. I have also found them online.


These containers stack on on another, the lids of the deep and large clip boxes are interchangable, and the containers fit really well in the space I have. They even fit in our Kid Craft kitchen. That is where we store our kitchen toys.



The rules for the boxes are all like toys get a specific box. We have a boxes for musical instruments, bugs, fluffs, legos, Lincoln logs, plastic kitchen tools, real life kitchen tools, Melissa and Doug Pizza and birthday cake sets, character figurines, Tinker Toys, animals, Minnie Mouse Toys, wooden blocks, puzzles, Lego Train etc. The best part about it is my kids know how to sort their own toys now. If my kids no longer want the toy set we can give that set away full and the container can be used for another set of toys. I always buy a few extra around the holidays to have the different sizes on hand for new toys we get.

At first my husband did not like the cost of containers and did not like how much longer it took to clean up, ie we had to organize instead of throwing in a box. But overtime he has come to see that the system works very well and has not said anything about it since. And now it does not take us very long to clean up because we know where everything goes. And the kids can play with a set of complete toys!


I loved this system so much that I incorporated it for my crayon collection, crafting supplies, and office supplies. I can keep like things with like things and find them really easily. It takes a little bit of startup cost, but it is totally worth it to see a clean and organized playroom. Let me know what you think. Would this system work for your house?

Here are some after pictures of my house.




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Easy DIY Mother's Day Vinyl Hand Print Project



Mother's day is right around the corner and I have a super fun and easy project for you. The best part is that you can make it with your kids. My kids were super excited to make it. And I have a feeling their Grandma's are going to love it. Here are the supplies for the project. I have outlined the supplies and steps using Cricut tools because that is what I have, but other cutting machines can be used as well.
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DIY Painted and Patterned Canvases



My husband made a set of 4 canvas paintings with flower prints on for our anniversary last year and to say I was surprised and super excited is an understatement.  Here are the instructions on how to make your very own.

Supplies
  • Design or piece of art
  • Canvas or multiple canvases
  • Pencil
  • Transfer paper
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Picture hanging hardware
  • Ruler
Steps
  1. Find a pattern or piece of art.
  2. Decide how many pieces and how large the project will be when completed.
  3. Enlarge it in a graphic editing program.
  4.  If multiple canvases will be used decide their spacing and set up, remember this information to put the finished art on the wall correctly.
  5. Print out the design.
  6. Use transfer paper and trace the design on the canvas.
  7. Paint the designs.
  8. Paint the edge of the canvas a color darker than the darkest color in the design.
  9. Add hanging hardware the back of the canvas once the paint is dry.
  10. Hang on the wall using the measurements recorded in step 4.


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