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August 02, 2012

Out of Control

You may have noticed that our shelf in tot school has lost all of of its bins. Henry likes to dig in the bins and tear through all of the tot school stuff we are not using this week. So, a few weeks ago I moved them to a different area of the room. That, plus buying new stuff for tot school has created a totally out of control situation. There was zero organization, and a ton of mess. 

You saw:

But in reality, the rest of the room looked like this:

So this past week, I spent this past Friday at Ikea, buying lids and another shelf. I ended up finding a floor sample of the same one we had, for almost half off. Plus it was already assembled! 

Then, I organized, packed into bags and bins, and labeled everything. Tot school should be a lot more manageable from here on out. I can't believe it got this bad. 

Puzzles, crafts, art supplies, and learning toys now all have their place. Plus, we have some room to expand. How do you organize your kid's stuff? Any tips? I could obviously use some help.

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Kaysha said…
Looks good! I wish we lived close to an IKEA! The closest one to us is two and a half hours away! Xander's stuff is taking over! My closet and the basement are packed with educational toys and tot school tools. I got the majority of it at garage sales this year, so feel very blessed, but organizing it can be overwhelming at times!
Nicole @ The Kavanaugh Report
We are really lucky to live about a 1/2 hour away from IKEA. But it is overwhelming, as soon as I catch up, I feel like I'm falling behind with it again.

And, I seriously need to do more garage sales!
Lindsay said…
I think that looks great! We're still trying to figure out the organization process. Right now Ethan has a playroom where the art supplies are up on a shelf, the small toys are in bins stuck in my bookcase (from IKEA) or in the bassinet we now use as a storage center, but the big things are all around the floor and it makes me nuts. Want to come organize my house?! Haha.
Anonymous said…
I think you're doing the best we all can! Step 1: accumulate stuff. Step 2: get annoyed by stuff accumulating. Step 3: buy organizer. Repeat :D

Jessie :)
Cassie said…
Nice job, that looks so good!! I'm so glad you linked up to the Mixer and I hope to see you again on Thursday! Also, come on by and enter to win a super adorable Thirty-One bag or some awesome discounts on a Thirty-One order! :)