Our house currently has four kids under the age of nine. This means that we have a lot of books, papers, backpacks, shoes, coats, toys etc. How do we try to keep things organized and relatively clutter-free?
1. File homework and library books into a safe place where we can see it (to be reminded) and where it is out of reach of little hands. Nya really just puts her crafts in her section and after a week they get recycled or placed on the Art Board. There is a basket for all the LeapPads and chargers and games.
2. Lockers for their shoes, hats, backpacks, and jackets. This is my absolute favourite organizational item in our home; the kids know when they come home to put everything in their cubby. You can find the post on it here.
3. Large ottoman that works as a coffee table and toy storage. We have had this for nine years and it is a great place to store all the toys for younger kids. Besides, with four high-energy kids, a padded "coffee table" has probably saved us from stitches a time or two!
This is the same idea; a coffee table/basket used for blanket storage. Dual purpose is the way to go!
4. This old CD storage shelf has turned into a great way to store Nya's shoes in her bedroom. I keep the next size/season ready to go and just cycle new ones in as she moves up a size.
5. Beds with drawers for storage underneath. I wish that we had thought of this when we bought our bedroom furniture years ago. By the way, this Brimnes bed goes from twin to double, how practical, right?!
What are some ways that you help to minimize clutter and keep things organized?