Thursday, February 5, 2009

It's a Party!

I'm sick. My throat feels like I'm swallowing razor blades wrapped in sandpaper. My body feels like it's going through a meat processor. Get the picture?

However, I'm not one to miss a party. I might be late for a party, but miss one? No way. Wendy over at The Shabby Nest is having a Taming Kid Clutter party, and anyone with kids will be running like madwomen to see all the ideas! Now, I'm not one to claim I can write a book on how to tame clutter, but I do know this...everything must have a place!

Here are some of those "places" for my kids clutter.
Key word: BINS. Bins for everything. A bookshelf filled with bins immediately turns into a toybox for all those microscopic Polly Pocket shoes. I keep this bin organizer in our hall closet downstairs. The secret is to recycle so that the kids' favorite toys of the moment are easily accessible when they're playing.Art supplies? No problem! Stick 'em in some cute little dollar section buckets from Target and add some labels to them. It's almost fun to organize when you can make it look cute!
Believe me...without these labels, my kids would have NO idea what's in those little buckets. :)
And lastly? Kids art storage. Pick out your favorite art pieces throughout the year, and store them in a flat box in their closet.

If you're really motivated, you can decorate them to match the kids' decor in their room. How fun!

Well, back to bed for me. I just thought I'd add my little contribution for all those parents out there struggling with the same things I am--clutter!

51 comments:

Caren said...

Great ideas. I am so NOT a good organizer! Hope you're feeling better soon.

Mrs. E said...

I think I'd like to be a kid at your house! : )

Sandy Toes said...

Hope your throat feels better soon!!! Your ideas are wonderful!
-sandy toe

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Great ideas! Hope you get to feeling better!

How did you make the tags on the art supplies? They are sooooo stinkin' cute!

the undomesticated wife said...

Great ideas!!

Hope you feel better...I'm in the same condition...scratchy throat, and it feels like someone is sitting on my lungs!

sandra/tx said...

Those are great ideas, Chris. My kids are past organizing. You should see their rooms. LOL

Stephanie said...

Ugh, I hate feeling sick ! I do however love your ideas :)
The pink piggie is cute too!

Jenny said...

I love your ideas!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Cute ideas! Thank you so much for linking up to the party! Now back to bed with you lady! Get better soon!

Kaitlyn said...

Oh, do feel better! Your organizational skills are BEAUTIFUL :)

Nancy, the one and only said...

sorry to hear your not feeling well.

I must say I am totally unorganized. but your blog gives me such great ideas and is starting to get me motivated to get my butt in gear!

silvia said...

great ideas, hope you feel better soon ...i'll be back to visit cuz you make me laugh..

Betsy said...

Love the art supply closet. Too cute.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

I'm having a sick love affair with storage bins. Looks like you are too. Seriously, everything HAS to have a place. That is the key to organization...bottom line!

tommiejo said...

Thanks for sharing your organizational tips~I can use all of them I can get! Hope you feel better~~

Lisa said...

GOTTA LOVE ORGANIZED KID CLUTTER.

HUGS FROM MAINE

http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

Stacey said...

Love the cute tags! Hope you feel better soon!

Cyndi said...

You always have such great ideas...I love the little tags.

jenjen said...

You are a master organizer! Thanks for all of the ideas. I love the little bins and tags. So cute!

Jen

PS - hope you start feeling better soon!

DomesticDivasFancy said...

Im sorry your sick but I feel ya! I have felt like crap for about a week now. I am so over it.
As far as your storage...Not only does it look functionable but it is so darn cute with all the label tags and book so nice and neat! Super cute!

Astrid said...

Hope you feel better soon!

Love your kid stuff storage area! My stuff is half way organized...I keep trying to get the other half under control...and it just seems to get out of hand!

MeganSloan said...

Love the ideas! I have awhile until this is needed in our family, but I can definitely start on my own supplies!

Wifey Dessert said...

I love everything you have going on there!!! especially those little tags you have on everything and those glass jars.. i totally love glass jars lol

knittingknirvana said...

Oh, feel better soon!

I agree about bins. I love how you organized the art supplies in the buckets and jars. I want to do that with MY crafting supplies. :)

Shannon said...

Love these ideas! Especially the kids art organizers!

Kelli said...

I LOVE the jars with the puffy stickers. I gotta try that. And of course I love the labels. I'm going to be crafty in no time reading all of these crafty blogs.
Feel better.

Pink & Green Mama said...

: ( Wishing you a speedy recovery and kids who can entertain themselves while mommy gets some much needed rest!!

julie & joe said...

I hope you feel better soon. I rotate all the toys in our house. I store sets together in mesh laundry bags so the little pieces stay together.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Great ideas, I love the bins and buckets. Feel better soon!

Mimi Sue said...

Darling ideas. They'd work in my craft room too. Mimi

punkinmama said...

Thanks! Such cute ideas... you make me want to organize... (that's quite a feat)!

SoBella Creations said...

Oh I love the first cabinet you posted. May I ask where you bought it at? It looks like the perfect solution for book and collectibles.

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

man, your stuff looks fun! I wanna do that!

The Bliss Journey said...

OH MY, I hope you feel better real soon. I hear the bug has been making it's way through the blogging kingdom. You are a real trooper to post even when sick.
Kathleen

Scott and Megan said...

Beautiful! Where did you get the bookcase in the first picture? I'm looking for one to house the toys/clutter in the boys room.

Inspired Kara said...

OH girl. I'm getting over the same exact bug.

REST REST REST!

Amy said...

I was soo excited when I found those little buckets in the dollar section at Target- love them!

Great ideas, hope you get feeling better!

OH MY #6 said...

Get well soon. And your organization is awesome.

Lea
xo

Trish said...

super cute. I have those bins I think the tags make it look even cuter!

never thought of those buckets at target for storage :)

thanks hope you are feeling better!

Ashley said...

You are so talented! It doesn't look much like clutter to me! Hope you're feeling better soon!!

Mrs. K said...

Thanks for the ideas, I'm off to visit the party.

Oh, and I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog featuring your gussied-up hand sanitizer. I'd love it if you'd stop by and leave a comment. The giveaway is in honor of my 100th post and I'm attempting to get 100 comments!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Hope you feel better. Arg, a meat processor? Razor blades wrapped in sand paper? Yikes. Sounds like a horror movie. Feel better soon Chris!! <---I had originally typed "Christ".

queenbee said...

You have some really good ideas. I really like the idea of having the toys in the hall closet and rotating them out. I may have to rearrange my hall closet and try this out. I hope you feel much better soon. I am really into home remedies so try putting some peroxide in your ears (one at a time) and let it bubble. Supposedly it kills the germs, colds often reside in ears. It really works. Repeat the peroxide treatment every two-three hours. If you try it let me know. Get plenty of rest.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Wow, sick Girl...I am uber impressed with your organization skills!! And all so pretty to boot!!

Feel better. Lots of water and hot tea with lemon.

Blarney said...

Strep is going around ... I'd suggest a trip to the doc. I don't need you down for any amount of time ... I mean how am I supposed to get ideas for my house if you can't blog for days?!
((((HUGS))))

The Soladay Family said...

Your blog is SICK!!!! In a good way! I love it and am passing it around as we speak!! Great ideas!

Hillcrest Acres said...

Great ideas!! May I ask where you found those cute little jars with the silver lids? I have some of the bigger ones you have but I love the smaller ones too in the photo. A girl can never, ever have too many glass jars and those are so perfect for all the foamie shapes.

dongdong said...

Gosh, I so need to organize my kids's stuff. Thanks for the great idea. I'm not sure how I found you, but I'm sure glad I did. :)

Chic Chick Totes & Baby said...

Another great option for kids artwork is take photos of them and then give them away to the grandparents. 1) you get to keep the pictures for prosperity sake 2) the pictures take up no room and 3)you shift the guilt to the grandparents in regards to actually throwing them away.

UPrinting said...

Do you have a slight case of OCD? Because I have never seen someone so organized, especially with the kids' stuff, which is a good sign by the way. :)
I love the different colors of bins. They're so pretty!

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

Chris,

I would love to "steal" your idea of labeling these fabric bins. I recently purchased some of the same ones for our new playroom shelves (post coming tomorrow) and I need to label them for my daughter. If you don't mind letting me copy you, can you please tell me where you purchase the round labels from? I am guessing I can find them at an office supply store but I know you like to save money so perhaps you know where I can get them on the cheap?!?!

Thanks,
Desiree

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