Now, I know my kids have a lot of toys. But a lot of them are toys that I WANT them to have. I also like the toys to have order. I worked in a preschool/daycare center for two years. I ran my own classroom for 1 and 1/2 of those years. I can keep VERY good order in my classrooms!
in MY house, or the kids rooms…..
That being said, I will also say this: I have always had the thought that the kids would do really well if I had their room organized in the same way I had my classroom. With bins that were clear and easy to see into, and with organization, but not MICRO organization. (which means I may have to let go of the dress up HAT bin, and the dress up CLOTHES bin, and the dress up PROP bin, for four or five JUST DRESS UP bins… but only time will tell on that one.
So I took pictures. Pictures of all the toy groupings that the kids have. I also took pictures of the contents of their dresser drawers, and their faces. (more on that in another picture) There are a few toys that I want them to remember to ASK MOM to use. See that picture in the middle of the pile? It has my picture on it. And the words ASK MOM with the picture of the toys. To remind them and other kids who don’t know which of our wonderful collection is for everyday, and which you have to ask for.
Here is the finished deal! These are the ASK MOM bins at the top of the closet.
Have been gotten into on more than one occasion,
no one will cop to getting them down…….
Here are the dresser drawers. I put a picture of the owner of each drawer’s contents on the front along with the picture of the clothes inside. Josh likes that he doesn’t have to open the drawers everytime to see what’s in them. (because even though nothing’s been moved, he never seems to know where to find his clothes that are so very well hidden from him!) Macs likes to see that HIS face is on the drawer.”That’s Macs’ underwear!”
These are the everyday toys. They are down where everyone can get into them easily and put them away as easily. The beauty of it now, is that when a bin is empty, there is no more mystery about what toys USED to be in it! (something that seemed to baffle us EVERY time cleaning came around) And now josh can help macs to “read” the labels for reminders that the “guys” don’t go in the “cars”
So, there is order in the toys, and I think that things will be as easy as they can be for two boys under 7 to figure out.