Simple and Easy Organization in NO TIME at all!
Have you noticed that your kids have too many toys, clothes, too much stuff and too little motivation to clean any of it up?
How can these little creatures make such a mess EFFIN. SILENTLY?!
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Okay, moms do your littles love to read as much as our little girls?! We have actually seen them go into full out tantrums because we have had to transition away from reading or colouring. WHAT!??! If only these were adulting issues right?! Haha When we redid the girl's room we went through and carefully chose elements that we knew they would love and we wouldn’t be going overboard as the parents.
One of the choices we made was a reading nook. With munchkins that love to read as much as ours do it was really simple for us to know they NEEDED this. Steve and I, (Mandy) wanted to make the canopy for our girls to maximize the space and design a fort type element on the inside.
What we used:
- Two neutral colored, wide paneled curtains
- A round shower curtain rod
- 4 screws
- Level and a pencil
- A stud finder
*Ensure that you are securing the rod to a stud in the wall. This will avoid having the rod falling onto your little one. If you purchase a canopy, expect that you will require attic access to hang it how the manufacturer recommends.
The rod was a tougher item to find so we went to our good friend Amazon and had it on our doorstep in UNDER 24 HOURS!
Once you hang the shower curtain rod, hang the curtain and start decorating. We left the curtains very bulky and draping to add texture to the canopy and more room on the inside. It’s dimly lit with clear lights attached to the walls and removable photos of the girls that they can hold, take to bed with them and move around. The photos are being held on the lights with small stationary paper clips to work on dexterity. Subtle small sensory and cognitive toys can be found throughout the room to help them practice buttons, zippers, letter recognition, tying strings, etc. The floor is lined with scatter throw pillows that we found on Amazon for under $5 per pillow! WOW!!! Check out this link and the adorable ‘Lets Cuddle’ pattern.
A good sturdy toy box is key to a tidy room and a little ones willingness to pick up, from my (Mandy’s) experience. When Mandy first had children 16 years ago, 6-foot shelving units lined the walls and each shelf was filled with toys, crafts, and clutter. The kids were always overstimulated, never knew what to play with and the room was always upside-down because there were too many toys. After many trips to different stores in search of the right storage, Mandy has finally kicked the #momstruggle in the toy department and has the kids interested in picking up and all the toys are out of the away, #momwins!
The kids DID NOT just start picking up once the toy box was in the room, hopeful but it didn’t happen! Lol. First I’ll show you what we bought so it makes sense as I explain it...
With this box, you can add various sized totes or bins inside the box to keep your kids and their things organized. Our kids are able to remove only the bin they want to play with and all remaining toys stay tucked away for creative play. Our kid's attention span is a lot longer with fewer toys and stimulations surrounding them, their room remains cleaner for us and they want to put their toys in the bin because they think our ‘Robot’ is going to take their toys.
When we first got the boxes for the kids they felt overwhelmed by the number of toys and over clutter in their rooms. Explaining that we were going to set them up with things that allowed them more space and versatility was easy. Getting them to respect the new way of playing was difficult in the beginning. There were bins with toys in them, so naturally, a child wants to dump it all over the floor. Teaching the new way of play using pictures of their cluttered old space was great of way of explaining why we couldn’t dump all the boxes and bins and why we must pick up after ourselves. Within the week this routine became a habit and even our youngest kids (2 years old) participate in this way of play and clean up (with the odd power imbalance haha). We buy totes and bins for every area in our home so finding affordable offers with versatility is important to our family. We have opted for a simple and clean design of grey and white and they come in a 6 pack.
Laundry, okay laundry. THE. DREADED. TASK. LAUNDRY.
Does anyone else dislike LAUNDRY? MANDY wishes for disposable clothing considering there are 5 kids that are ALWAYS changing! This is one topic that Mandy is going to talk about A LOT because changes are always being made and new practices are being put in place. First, I (Mandy), will tell you what doesn’t work. The answer, WASHABLE clothing! I’m serious. Laundry is the never-ending task that is so thankless and time-consuming. If we wore clothing that didn’t need to be laundered think of all your free time! Since wearing our birthday suite isn’t an option, I found a few options a little less frightening for the neighbors.
How to make laundry faster and easier
Each person in the house has their own hamper of dirty clothing
Laundry does not get mixed together unless its towels
Every hamper has a mesh bag attached to the side. This collects delicate undergarments, nylons (eww) and socks. NO MORE MISSING SOCKS, #MOMWINS!
- Each person (excluding our 2-year-olds) help fold their own laundry. They have a laundry day on their personal schedule and know when they come home, they help fold their 1-2 loads of wash and put it away.
- Keeping up with the wash is the only way that you will be able to stay on top of it. When you have a full load of dirty clothes, throw it in the machine and set a timer. After 1.5 hours you will thank yourself for not having mounds of piled up laundry and a sock bucket beginning to look like Everest in the master bedroom.
- Choose a hamper than once it’s full you know it’s a full load of wash. Makes laundry managing a lot easier.
Our little minions can be pretty messy monsters, would you agree?
Sure it depends what they have in their space but if they have the tiniest piece of paper they end up turning it into a 1,000 pieces of confetti and eureka you have a huge mess! We have always kept small garbage cans in their room with a lid to store their dry garbage like Kleenex or clothing tags in. Your children will take the same degree of pride in their room as you do. If you spend time keeping it tidy, making it a nice space that is organized they will help to the best of their ability to do the same. Adding a small lined garbage can is a good way to get your littles involved in keeping their space clean and create a little chore for them to help with on garbage day.
Do your kids have a gazillion stuffed animals that have taken over their bedroom and sleeping area? As the owner of a cleaning company I see a PILE of stuffed animals in every kid's bedroom and eventually they overflow to the parents' room. How does this happen? Parents and Grandparents can’t help but treat the kids to their favourite toys… BUT seriously, HOW MANY STUFFED ANIMALS CAN ONE ROOM HOLD!!! Our kids are no different than all the other kids out there.. they have WAY too many toys and stuffed animals and we are CONSTANTLY looking for ways to stay organized and free of clutter. I (Mandy), came across a stuffed animal toy hammock that holds all the kids' stuffies while leaving them with access to some of their favourite toys.
The hammock has allowed to scale back dramatically, hold ourselves accountable for how many they have, keep them laundered and free of dust while having them on display in a cute way that appears organized. The hammocks are under 10 bucks, washable and are great for the teens too… EXCEPT, they can throw their clothing in there and get it off the floor #MomWins. Be sure to use the appropriate wall anchors and hooks or you could damage the walls.
Baby closets can be a TOTAL PAIN in the BACKSIDE!
Baby clothing is not really designed to be hung in the closet on a regular hanger, am I right? Or have we been doing something wrong for all these kiddos haha. We tried the smaller hangers and lower closet bars but nothing really made a difference in terms of our organization. I think hangers and I just don’t get along, it’s a laundry thing. I (Mandy), love “shop” online for the ideal pieces of furniture or organization piece to make our lives easier and live more conveniently within our space. When I found the perfect organizer with the right size curtain rod, the perfect size shelving, drawers, and the right layout, we added that to our daughter’s closets to complete the final makeover to their room. Isla and Makayla are steady playing in their new space and enjoying their new found “independence”.
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Do you and your family have a fire safety plan in place? Have you set up emergency ladders throughout your house?
Pick a meeting spot close by but far enough away from the home to prevent inhalation of smoke. Several people sadly pass each year due to smoke inhalation when trapped in a house fire. There are emergency safety ladders to help you and your children safely get yourselves down the side of the house making an evacuation possible.
Each window should have a fire safety ladder as well as something to break the window in case the window is frozen shut or the window isn’t working.
Have your children set up the ladders and mimic breaking the window while blindfolded. Although this sounds crazy in a house fire there may be too much smoke to see and this could, in fact, save your child.
Setting up fire safety plans, meetings and discussing the fire safety within the home is very appropriate in order to reassure everyone and ensure the parents that the kids can make it out safely as well as they are properly educated and have the appropriate tools.
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