Getting Organized Tip #3

5 03 2009

How do you feel about your closets?  From what I have learned most people struggle with their children’s closets the most.  They get messy and disorganized very quickly.  One reason for this is because we make children’s closets like we would adult closets.  This doesn’t work for little ones trying to learn to be independent!  They need the things they use the most to be reachable and organized (so that they know where to put things back or retrieve them).

Our children go and get themselves ready for bed.  They can do this totally on their own because they each have a bin for their P.J’s that is neat and reachable by them.  NOTE: Owen is only 1 year he does not get himself ready on his own yet.  They are able to get their own pull-ups if they wear them or clean underwear and P.J’s without destroying the rest of the closet.

If you have more than one child sharing a closet it can get a little more tricky trying to fit everything in one closet.  Our boys share a closet, so we use a closet organizer to keep all of their thing in one place.  Now because they share Isaac can not reach his shirts or pants so I have to pull them down for him in the morning.  We are thinking of getting a step stool for him but have not decided yet.

Here are some pics of our closets to give you some ideas for your own closets.

Here is part of the boys closet.  Owen's shirts are on the bottom right and Isaac's the upper right.  On the bottom left is 2 bins (not seen in this photo) that hold P.J's and under clothes for Isaac.  On the shelves are little baskets for Owen's socks and undershirts, then his pants are above.  Then Isaac's are above that.

Here is part of the boys closet. Owen's shirts are on the bottom right and Isaac's the upper right. On the bottom left is 2 bins (not seen in this photo) that hold P.J's and under clothes for Isaac. On the shelves are little baskets for Owen's socks and undershirts, then his pants are above. Then Isaac's are above that.

 

Here are the two bins for Isaac to use.  One has his underwear and socks and the other his P.J's.  This keeps them organized and easy for him to get himself.

Here are the two bins for Isaac to use. One has his underwear and socks and the other his P.J's. This keeps them organized and easy for him to get himself.

 

This is showing the area for full length outfits.  This area is for when a shirt has a certain pair of pants it goes with.  We hang them together so that they are easy to get to and the other parent (my husband) knows that they have a matching pair of pants.

This is showing the area for full length outfits. This area is for when a shirt has a certain pair of pants it goes with. We hang them together so that they are easy to get to and the other parent (my husband) knows that they have a matching pair of pants.

Having one child in a closet is a lot easier to organize and keep neat.  This is Grace's closet.  She has a hanging area on the left, bins for underwear, socks and P.J's under that and then her pants are on the right.  Simple.

Having one child in a closet is a lot easier to organize and keep neat. This is Grace's closet. She has a hanging area on the left, bins for underwear, socks and P.J's under that and then her pants are on the right. Simple.

 

Now, closets don’t need to be picture perfect (as you can tell from my pics, I still have work to do) but they need to work for you!  Make your child’s closet save you time!!!  You want it be able to work for you family.  Enjoy organizing today!





Getting Organized Tip #2

4 03 2009

Are you ready for tip number 2?  Well, this one is for anyone that has lots of toys and children, is that you?  Is your playroom or bedrooms a mess?

I have learned that children do NOT understand the toy box idea.  Having all the toys in one spot makes them dump EVERYTHING while looking for something. 

For my children we have given everything a spot.  Then we made some rules.  In our home each of our children are allowed 1 bin each, if they want another they need to clean up the bin they have out first.  This works pretty good, now they are children and we have to start over and teach them often.  Owen (20 months) doesn’t understand so he is still in the training phase.

Here are some pics of our playroom to give you some ideas.

These are the bins that my children get to choose from.  We don't have labels on them because they have not had trouble knowing what goes where.  I suggest you use pictures if your children are young, this way you don't have to read the labels to them.

These are the bins that my children get to choose from. We don't have labels on them because they have not had trouble knowing what goes where. I suggest you use pictures if your children are young, this way you don't have to read the labels to them.


If you have a big item, make sure you have the things that go with it organized so that your little ones can enjoy it.

If you have a big item, make sure you have the things that go with it organized so that your little ones can enjoy it.

 

Make sure you have a spot for big bulky items.  These can get in the way if they don't have their own spot.

Make sure you have a spot for big bulky items. These can get in the way if they don't have their own spot.

Playrooms can be great or just trouble.  Setting yours up for your children will help them understand what it is to look like at the end of the day.





Feel Disorganized?

2 03 2009

Do you ever feel like you are losing precious hours a week because you are disorganized?  One talent God has done for me is to teach me how to organize my life with small children so that I can get more done during the week. 

Here is tip number 1:

Do you hate  your linen closet?  Does it seem like a total disaster at time?  One thing I have learned to do (from my mommy) with my sheets is this little trick.  Take the pillow case of the sheet set you are trying to fold.  Open it up and place the folded fitted sheet inside.  Then place the folded top sheet inside.  Now add any extra pillowcases inside (full-queen size).  Now fold over the top of the pillowcase you were filling.  Now you have a nice little bag holding everything you need for the bed.   We do this with all our sheets so that each time I need some new sheets I just pull out the bag I need, this way I don’t have to search looking for all the pieces to match.

Now, what about all those little things….the ones that just pile up?  You need to invest in some small baskets or plastic shoe boxes and label and put them away.  Now you will be able to find the sunscreen or your nail polishes without all the work.