And Google Cache had Part 2 of my adventure in organizing…
Originally written on November 10, 2011
As I shared in Organizing the Children’s Closet Part 1, I let the children’s room get a little overwhelmed over the summer. Toys were randomly thrown into bins, shoved under the bunk bed, the dresser, stuffed into the linen closet and piled up inside the large closet. We would put the clean clothes into the top part of the armoire.
But now that everything got dumped into the middle of the floor, it was easy to get all the clothes put away correctly. It had been filled to the top… I didn’t take the photo until after I started.
Once that was done, it was a matter of dumping out all the fabric bins into the big pile and assigning them to a cube and toy type. Then came the painstaking chore of going through it all. I also had an assortment of pencil boxes for crayons, markets and colored pencils. All Lego’s had to go in a larger green plastic bin that fit right between the cubbies. The kids have amassed an enormous collection of Crazy Bones Go-Go’s which I have lined up along the top shelf. Once I am finished with the entire room, then we will make it a game to have the children divide them all between themselves. Once those are gone, the spaceships that Alex creates out of the Lego’s will go up there.
Okay, cube assignments went like this: costumes, Pokémon and other trading cards, Tiger’s personal box with little toys and things that he doesn’t have to share along with his special art case. The next row has two for art supplies and then one to hold Little Man’s special box of Cars Movie cars. The fabric box is for all the rest of the Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars that he and his brother share.
Over on Baby Girl’s side of the closet: one for her purses and two for electronics (Leapsters, Video Now, Gameboy, DS) which also spills above to hold more games. The last set, she has a pink fabric box for all of her dollhouse and Littlest Pet Shop furniture & accessories and then her special plastic box to hold all her pets. The last cube is to hold school work and drawings that we want to keep. They stay there until I am ready to file them.
Last, but not least, on Tiger’s side you can’t really see in this photo, but there are three double hooks set up below his clothes for everyone to hang their tote bags and backpacks. Under that, I have a really large fabric bin on wheels that hold the over-sized random toys.
I’ve tackled all the movies: putting them in cases and sorting them. I will finish up with their bookcase and computer area. I’ll be so glad when it is completely done.
I do realize these photos pretty much suck. I had taken them with my iPhone and didn’t realize how bad they were. When I show the completed room later, I will use my regular camera.
I really love the apartment. This is the first time that I feel good about being in a home. I love my furniture. I love how much more organized I am (what happened in the kids’ room this summer notwithstanding). Once I’m done with that, then I can unpack the last of the boxes from moving in here and Brendan will help redesign the closet so it works more functionally.
xoxo ~ Melissa