Because I have been gathering more and more educational materials, organization has become a higher priority. That being said I thought I would share some of my favorite tips and tricks for staying organized, but still letting your babies and kids explore.
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** Note: our game room is one of the rooms currently undergoing a renovation; therefore, all of our games and toys are in our living room at the moment. This is mainly a note for those who have been following me for a bit . That being said, I also hope to have my international flag bunting up with lots of other decorations when the room is all said and done! :)**
So, the first thing I should mention is that I found the most wonderful shelves ever at our local Home Depot. They are about 4 feet wide, have three shelves (bottom being the biggest) and about 3 feet high. They are solid wood and very easily accessible for my almost-tot. And at the moment, I can place a few things I don’t want her getting into on the top shelf if needed. (So I have some un-laminated cards that could get torn up there right now). If you don’t follow me on FB or missed it, here are the shelves. (I found them for about $45 on clearance in the store last week).
Being a proponent of having individual storage solutions for each game and activity, I set out to find alternative options to buying new. (Because, again, one of my passions is the environment. Therefore, I would rather reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose before buying new.)
The trays from restaurants, and the shorter containers are a perfect fit in the stackable file trays. I use those and some old metal cooking pans (both the “disposable” ones and regular kind) for art supplies inside of a gutted stereo cabinet. On top of that Reditainers make GREAT storage for sensory bins full of color rice, beans, and more.
I also like using multi-use buckets, bins, and containers for various toys, crafts, and sensory activities. We utilize baskets as well. Right now, our basket has outdoor items in it like pine cones because it’s a great “grab and go” storage for when we want to take it outside with us.
For other ideas such as turning bookshelves on their sides in front of electrical outlets visit my previous posts here.
Now that you know how I have started to better collect and organize materials, I want to know what you do! What are your tips and tricks?
Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!