I have made some major progress on our playroom organization and I also have some new chore charts for the kids. I think this will give us more structure and will help the kids as they learn to straighten up and help around the house. :)
In the playroom, I did some major organization! Here's the space when we moved in.
It took me a good while to figure out what we needed storage-wise and what would be the most beneficial and practical with the kids. I really had no idea what to do. For one thing, I know you can organize till you're blue in the face, but if kids can't easily understand it and apply it, it's worthless. I knew that grouping similar items in bins was the direction I wanted to go, because that's the easiest and most practical clean up method with young kids. But how would they know what was inside each bin and how could they even see the bins easily to know which one they needed to grab?
This is the VERY STRAIGHTENED AND ABNORMAL VERSION of our playroom as it was once things were unpacked onto the shelves. You might not be able to tell from the picture, but it was really junky and things were just precariously placed onto the shelves. If you touched something the wrong way everything would fall. NOT good for a playroom!
After spending a ton of time combing through Pinterest, I came across exactly what I was looking for at Simply Organized! Here is the initial image I found and Samantha's blog post about toy organization:
I LOVED the clear bins!! So easy for the kids to see what's in each one. Then I kept browsing and found a more recent image and blog post about their updated playroom. This gave me a great idea of what our space could look like because we have very similar shelving.
I knew I wanted to use the same Container Store bins that Samantha had used, so I went to their website and looked at the size options. Before I ordered anything or started organizing anything, I measured my shelves and figured out exactly how many bins I could fit onto my shelves. I decided to allow for some "open shelving" so I didn't plan to fill every single space with a bin. I decided on the 13" mesh cube. It felt great to plan out in advance what I was going to do and to know that everything would exactly fit! I don't plan well enough sometimes and this worked out great to measure and know exactly what product I was going to be using to organize.
So then the REAL fun began. I was able to get in the zone and in about 2 nights I was able to gather like items and figure out which things merited their own cubes, etc. I also cleaned out toys to give away or store for later. There's still more I want to clean out but overall it was a good first haul.
Here I was in process:
And here is the result!!! Excuse the cell phone pictures, my real camera wasn't close by!
I can't get over the difference it makes visually - just having all the cubes neatly lined up!
After sorting everything and giving everything a place, we still have SIX empty bins that we can use!
I'm also going to add picture labels like the ones The Cottage Mama made. Words alone don't do much good when we're not reading yet! I'm going to tie them onto the handles of the cubes.
Speaking of using pictures to help with visualizing things…….
I ordered the kids their very own chore charts and they arrived last week!
Like the playroom, I searched high and low for what I wanted for a chore chart. I was just going to DIY a printable one, but I liked the idea of something more sturdy and durable. I came across Abbie's House on Etsy and their chart was EXACTLY what I was wanting!
I chose 12 magnets that come with the chart, and then I added two extras so I'd have the amount I wanted:
I got the same chores for Evy and Liam:
Laundry (bring me their dirty clothes and help sort laundry)
Living Room (gather what is theirs and put those things near the stairs)
Toys (If they see a toy lying around, pick it up)
Stairs (I ordered this as a blank magnet and drew the stairs on - this is when they carry up what's on the stairs)
Heart (a loving heart and treating others kindly)
We're still figuring out what our reward system will be, but I wanted to go ahead and get started before our school routine starts in the fall!
Maybe between an organized playroom and a few little chores things will feel "together" every so often! :)
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