It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. It’s “spring cleaning season!”
I took last week off so that I could put together a few awesome posts that will help you along in your spring cleaning and organization journey. Over the next few days you’ll find posts that are jammed full of information that will have you well on your way to achieving a cleaner, more organized home. So, consider this “Spring Cleaning Week!”
Let’s start with the kids…
Spring cleaning, in general, has almost become an instinctive practice for people. The sun stays out a little longer; that winter chill in your bones begins to thaw, and something inside you says that it’s time to rid your home of all of that accumulated dirt, dust, and “staleness” that has collected over the winter.
As you go about cleaning, organizing, and beautifying your home, be sure and remember the kiddies in your efforts.
Spring cleaning for kids doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. A fresh coat of paint and a bit of repurposing in your child’s room can go a long way.
An old laundry basket can be spray painted in a fun shade and turned into toy storage. An empty milk jug can even become storage with a little creativity and imagination. You just have to think outside of the box.
Take stock of your child’s room and dispose of toys and any other items that are broken or that your child has outgrown. Donate items that are still in working condition and get your child involved. You’d be surprised to find that your kids will get excited about helping out another child in need.
In order to help you on your journey to spring cleaning stardom and ultimate organization I’ve pulled together a few great ideas for organizing and storing kid’s things.
Use Over-door Shoe Storage for Small Kid’s Toys… and Don’t Forget to Label It!
You may have seen on Pinterest the awesome image of the over-door plastic shoe organizer that one clever mom repurposed into small toy storage for her child. It’s a brilliant idea that I’ve recently implemented in my twin 3-year-old’s room.
I took things a step further and added stickers to the pockets to identify what goes in them. I placed the first letter of the item in a bold bright font so that the stickers have a duel purpose: to keep things organized AND to help my preschoolers with their letter identification.
If you have a small child at home that would benefit, I’ve made the labels available to you as a printable right here on my blog! Simply print the pages on a full-sheet of adhesive paper and cut to size.
Use Empty Milk Jugs As Toy Scoops and Storage
This absolutely brilliant idea is something that I picked up from Spoonful.com. With a little tissue paper, Mod Podge, and an empty milk jug, you can create an adorable scoop for your kid’s small toys. This is great to use for Legos, small blocks, or any miscellaneous toys.
Take this one a step further and seal your tissue with a water resistant sealer. Poke a few large holes in the bottom and use your scoop in the tub to collect bath toys.
Turn Plain Jars Into Super Cute Storage for Your Teen or “Tween’s” Room
I picked this one up from BrightNest.com. It’s a trendy and adorable way to keep craft supplies, jewelry, or any other small items organized and easily accessible.
I made them with pink tops as a variation to Bright Nest’s creation and I actually have them sitting in the middle of my kitchen table (also known as my work desk). As you can see above, they’ve got all of my small craft supplies and work thingabobs in them (along with a few other nick-nacks). Easy to get to and super cute to look at. (I’m quirky – what can I say?)
Check out the picture tutorial below; And feel free to pin it to Pinterest!
Stay tuned for more cleaning and organization ideas!
Have some kid’s storage tips that you live by? Let’s see them in the comments!
I featured these ideas, and more, on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta! Check it out: