Last week was our first week back at school after our winter break and it is always easier to put your head down and get into school before you get round to outings!!! So our Saturday spot has to be around the home. Recently a friend visiting asked how we kept our house so organized… I faltered!!! I don’t feel that organized but I have been living with a bunch of kids for a number of years and we do need to get from A to B and we do need to get through school each day and I guess we have got a couple of things streamlined… I thought I would show you se7en storage solutions that work for us… things that aren’t necessarily meant to be used for storage… but they work for us!!!
I really only have three rules for storing things:
- Store like things together. Keeping track of the gear associated with eight kids would be an absolute nightmare if everyone kept all their things in their own places. So all shoes go in the shoe spot, all stationary goes on the dresser and so on. This really helps streamline our to-ings and fro-ings…
- Store things where you need them. If I have to unpack something from the back of a cupboard in another room to use it, then I will never ever use it. Whatever I need has to be right at hand. Even something as simple as shopping bags – need to be right at the door so that when we step out the door we can grab them and go.
- Keep Containers Small: In a country where so many people have so little I really can’t justify having mountains of stuff. We keep out containers small and when they start to overflow we sort and donate.
Here we go in no specific order:
- The Towel Rail: We don’t have closet space in our bedroom but we do have a dressing room, we popped a towel rail behind the bedroom door for storing all the girls dresses.
- A colander: This is great for storing drippy bath toys. If a toy doesn’t fit in the colander then it doesn’t stay in the bathroom.
- The Paper Cup: This collection of all pencils in one place has quite literally saved my homeschool sanity. If anyone sees a pencil anywhere they put it in the cup. If anyone needs a pencil they look in the cup. Hours of my kids school days were spent sharpening their pencils… now at the end of each day someone gets the task to sharpen the bunch… and when their nib breaks or blunts they grab a fresh pencil. The sharpener is totally band during school hours… My days of “write a word, sharpen a pencil, repeat until the day is done” are indeed over.
- The Board Book Basket: We used to keep our board books on the book shelf, but really they are read so much in our house and get dragged from pillar to post… Now the basket gets dragged around and it is very quick to clean up. Pack it and pop the whole basket on the bookshelf – and we are done!!!
- The book shelf: This used to be where the board books were kept and the toys in the basket… only the toys were never played with. And I always wanted a dolls house on a bookshelf – I just like the idea!!! Well since these toys have been on the book case they have been played with constantly!!! Every time someone passes the scene changes and it is quite fun to see the goings on in the world of “the book case people.”
- Book Boxes: Bibles come in very nice cardboard boxes. And the Father Person never throws out a good box. So I needed to find a use for them. Well all those little wires and cables that litter my desk – countless little ipod wires and goodies… pop them in a Bible box and pop the box on the book shelf and no-one is any the wiser!!!
- Book Cases for BoardGames: Our book situation can get quite out of control and from time to time I do a major declutter… this past month was just that… I patrol the book cases and whip off books that aren’t loved and adored. And then we are left with gaps between the books. If I don’t fill them then the gaps quickly become dumping zones… so I keep them filled. Also with a little guy wandering about we need to keep the book shelves packed tight so that he cannot unpack them with his great and unquenching enthusiasm.
- The “Gym Bag” Bag: When your kids go to holiday club at the gym and they all come home from gym with identical bags the first thing you do is whip out your permanent marker – yes I keep one in my bag!!! And Hood #1′s bag gets one dot, Hood #2′s bag gets two dots… and so on. All the bags are at the front door ready for action whenever we are.
That’s it!!! Storage in a nutshell!!!
This Post is part of The Thirty Minute Mom’s Challenge at Steady Mom.
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