Organizing Your Kids’ Stuff
When we had this colorful built-in closet/toy storage made last year, I knew that organizing my kids’ stuff wouldn’t end there. I knew I would still declutter, sort and re-organize their stuff once in a while. Because the truth is, keeping things organized in our home is a challenge for me. So I had to find ways to alleviate the need to organize their stuff all the time.
Here are a few tips that you can also do at home:
- Invest in custom-made closets. While buying ready-made furniture is fine, nothing beats a customized one because you have full control over the whole thing! My kids’ closet is a big floor-to-roof built-in closet that I designed myself (that’s why it’s very colorful! Haha). I made sure there were enough drawers and compartments for their undergarments, towels, bath robes, socks, bibs, costumes, and the like. If you don’t have the budget yet, you can use plastic racks to segregate these things.
- Use hanging organizers for accessories. At SM Department Stores, they sell all sorts of organizers in different shapes and sizes. Hanging organizers are good for storing accessories such as watches, belts, jewelry, head bands and anything for the hair.
- Use toy storage bins. We bought our toy storage bins from Ace Hardware. These bins keep me sane! Haha. My kids play their toys everyday and most of the time, they are scattered everywhere. With the help of these bins, sorting out toys and putting them back have never been easier. I even get to train my kids to clean up their own mess after each playtime. (3rd picture on the first row)
- Segregate “everyday” toys from expensive ones. (READ: LeapFrog, Fisher Price, Playskool, etc.) I don’t put electronic & educational toys in the bins. I place them in the cabinets above the toy bins so my kids won’t be able to reach them without my permission. I also allotted another compartment for their bags and other stuff. (2nd picture on the first row)
- Train your kids to clean up. Need I say more? Hehe. This is the most important. You can have the nicest closets or toy bins, but without educating your little ones on the importance of “clean as you go” (I learned this from working in fast-food restaurants), everything I mentioned above is useless.