I laughed out loud so hard when I saw the ecard above. I can totally relate, I think all parents can. My kids are so spoiled. They are the only grand kids and nieces on both sides of the family. With that said, they get toys and clothes left and right. Last Christmas, I told my family to not give the kids anymore toys or at least nothing too bulky. We just don't have any room or storage for any more than what they have. Like my last post, I have been in a cleaning and organizing frenzy nonstop. I say nonstop because no matter how much I clean, I feel like I continuously clean everyday because my little divas makes horrible messes in every inch of our 2 bedroom apartment. My place looked like it got hit by a pink and purple tornado.
I just couldn't stand seeing all the pink and purple things thrown up in my lil place. My eye twitched so bad and my aura was just very negative. You know the feeling when you just don't feel motivated to do anything in a messy house? Yeah, me too. So I threw out, stored and boxed whatever that kids lost interest in or not in the stage of interest in yet.
As you can see, I love the Sterilite brand :). I prefer them than wood. They are also very affordable and light weight. You see, I rearrange my furniture every two months. Organizing and rearranging is also therapeutic for me. I am a hermit and I need a change of space when I feel claustrophobic.
Before and After Photos:
Small Sterilite bins are perfect for stacking small toys. Or games that have small pieces. Throw away the original boxes that are different shapes. It looks cluttered. No more tetris playing with boxes to organize anymore. The bad thing, clear see through boxes on high shelves? Not being able to see where things are sometimes. I have yet to label all their boxes, my current labeler sucks rocks.
I had bought two different style white hangers for each girl to be organized. But my husband just hangs the clothes as he reached for any free hanger. That bothered me a lot, so I gave one style hangers away and now they just share one style hangers. (The pink hangers are Quinn's school uniforms.) All books, adults or kids are located in one area of the living room now. Doing so, gave me more room to store their bulky toys, like toy strollers and playhouses.
Two Pink Sterilite storage bins for stuff dolls and noise making toys.
I put the bunk bed up, perfect for two kids with a lot of toys. The bad part, you don't have two storage places (under the bed) anymore.
They used to have a play area in the kitchen, but I moved all that stuff back in their room. If I don't feel like cleaning, which happens often. I just throw their things in their room or tell them "Anything you see that's pink or purple, put it in your room...NOW!".
My place is an add-on unit to a house. So there's still a window in the room dividing the kitchen. But now its a perfect place to hang dress up clothes for the girls.
I gave my mom this bulky pink and white toy chest for her house, when the kids visit. I don't recommend this toy chest (Fisher Price) at all, its a space hogger and the lid is a nuisance. It used to be the chest where the kids had their dress up clothes, but it was hard to get to them because the lid was too heavy/bulky. I moved their shoes in their room, it used to be in a narrow hallway.
Its still work in progress, I keep jumping to room to room. Do you got any cleaning or organizing ideas you like to share? Once I have more money saved up, I am going to apply these ideas from Pinterest to my home.
Until next time, Stay Healthy and Fabulous!