I don’t know about y’all, but my toys mate and multiply almost as quickly as people in my house! With five kids, the toy closet in our gameroom had spun completely out of control.
We were constantly reminding the kids where all the toys went, even though most bins were labeled. Inevitably, toys ended up crammed in random spaces or piled on the floor. A lot of good all those shelves did. With the start of school looming around the corner, I knew I needed to take action and get a better system. This closet was stressing me out and the kids were complaining way too much about how they couldn’t find anything.
First, I took everything out of the closet and did one of the following:
1) Found lost toy souls and reunited them with their original owner.
2) Trashed it.
3) Donated it.
4) Kept it.
A clean slate makes it so much easier to really reevaluate just what you want to put back in the space.
After we trashed, donated and reunited, then I started sorting the “keep” toys by category (blocks, educational, dress-up clothes, cars/trucks, Barbie, etc.) Then, I measured each shelf (length, width and height). My oldest and I grabbed the tape measure and headed out the door to Target. But, not before ever-so-kindly asking my husband to paint the closet. Aqua. He shook his head and said, “Ok.” But I knew he thought I was off my rocker. We had half a gallon left over from our laundry room paint job and I just thought it would be a way fun color for such a way fun closet. Plus, it was FREE.
When we returned, this is what I saw. Feast your eyes!! Hi fun closet. I wish I could say the whole “paint your closet a fun color” was my idea, but I was really inspired by House of Smiths and iHeartOrganizing.
Will and I scored some great colorful crates on SALE at Target. Note to self: shopping for storage containers in August brings great sales as kids head back to school and college.
So, at $3.49/crate, I only spent $52.35 on new bins. They did have small holes in them, but we only had one bin of toys where that was a problem. I just used two clear plastic shoeboxes I already had from The Container Store to stow them and they fit perfectly in the bins. The two polkadot boxes up top were $9.99/each and store our one billion legos. Yes, we really have that many. I reorganized the toy bins based on kid height and age appropriateness. Also, my handy Dymo labeler saved the day as usual. The kids can read the labels and visually see what goes in the bins. I got all the kids involved in the sorting and they were only too happy to help. It’s made keeping it organized, yet functional, easier because they have some ownership. It wasn’t just “Mom’s project.”
We love it – $75 well spent!