Cleaning – What’s Working: Kids rooms
I think it’s clear I’m not really writing this for anyone but myself anymore. So that means I can write about what I want and what I need to remember. So here we go… kids room organization.
The kids rooms were getting out of hand quickly after cleaning, so we knew something needed to be done. Containers and organization don’t work for the kiddos for some reason, so we nixed that. Now they each have a toy box. It’s a steralite tub with a lid. You can keep whatever fits in the tub with the lid closed correctly. They have a second steralite tub (smaller) for legos. This includes the instructions and built things. The rule is the same about the lid. Then they each have a small basket for books. Books must fit in the basket or else they go to the shelf (in the living room). When the books don’t fit on the shelf in the living room, some have to go. Under the bed they can keep the Paw Patrol truck, guitar and train table. My oldest son really likes papers. He would keep every paper if he could. So he gets one of the little 3 drawer units. One drawer has the writing things. One drawer has the papers. Honestly I don’t know what is in the 3rd drawer… but whatever it is, it isn’t on the floor! So the paper drawer is a life saver for us! And that’s it. It has been about a week, and so far so good. This is big for our family!
The second part of this helps keep the whole house clean. Before, I would take all the toys not in the kids rooms and put them in a basket in the living room for the kids to put away. But they didn’t. And the toys still ended up everywhere. So now, I take their toys and put them in a pile in the middle of their room. They still have to put them away before bed, but they aren’t in my way until then. And they do clean their rooms nearly every night so things get put away. And if they don’t, it’s in their way not mine (which is aweseome!). I started doing the same thing with clothes I do while they are at school. And while I’m in their room, if I find any toys in closets or around the baseboards, I go ahead and add them to the pile. This may sound daunting, but we started this with a big mom-assisted clean up.
So now every day they come home to their clean clothes and whatever few toys were left out ready to be put away. It takes very little time and the house is way less cluttered with the kids stuff out of the way.
My daughter has a similar system but she has a nice shelf with bins. The boys had the same but they broke it. One bin is for stuffed animals and the other is for toys. The shelves hold books, a basket of blocks and a barbie car. She has a kitchen, so she keeps her food and cooking things in bins inside the fridge or oven. The babies go in the baby crib (made by my grandpa for my aunt and used by my mom, my cousins and myself in turn). So that’s it.
Cleaning takes so much less time and the kids are able to do it on their own and help each other. So this is a big win for us and I’m excited to see what else we can work out!