Last Updated on January 1, 2021 by HodgePodgeDays
Getting organised at home isn’t usually an easy task for most people. Add kids and all of their toys into the mix and having a tidy and organised home can feel like an impossible dream. But it doesn’t have to be a daunting chore. Read on for some easy tips on how to gain some order in your life.
Set up a bin system
Collapsible fabric bins are super versatile for children’s bedrooms and are great for getting organised. They come in a variety of sizes and colours and can be mixed and matched to complement your décor. Many of these bins have slots for labels, so kids can sort toys, art supplies, hair products, and even books into organised groups. For kids that share a bedroom, personalised name labels can be put into the slots to keep things separate. Inexpensive plastic or wooden shelving is perfect for displaying the colourful bins and keeping items handy.
Utilise plastic totes
Plastic totes are lifesavers when it comes to long-term storage. When swapping your kids’ winter and summer wardrobes, put the out-of-season items in a tote and store in a closet or other out-of-the-way space. These are also perfect for storing keepsake items that are special but no longer in use. Unlike cardboard boxes, plastic totes keep bugs, rodents, and water from ruining your things.
Invest in vacuum storage bags
I use the term “invest” here because with plastic vacuum storage bags, you get what you pay for. Skip the bargain off-brand bags and spend a little more for higher quality. These bags are perfect for storing extra pillows and blankets that take up precious closet space until your kids have slumber parties. Place the items inside, seal the bag, vacuum the air out, and voila! That mountain of bedding just became a compact rectangle that can be hidden away under a bed or shoved behind a dresser.
Put baskets EVERYWHERE
Being a parent means laundry, and lots of it. Each additional child increases your wash load exponentially, and it can be extremely frustrating to wash, dry, and fold all of the laundry just to find a stray pair of jeans or a soccer uniform that didn’t make its way into the laundry basket. To combat this, make sure laundry baskets are SUPER accessible to everyone in the house. Placing one in each bedroom, one in the bathroom (or two if you wash towels separately like I do), and one in the laundry room greatly improves your chances of getting everything washed at one time.
Having kids means that your house will never be perfectly tidy. And that’s okay! The happiest homes tend to be the ones that are comfortably lived in. But having some basic organisational systems in place reduces the amount of time spent looking for things and gives everyone more time to spend together doing things much more fun than cleaning the house. After all, they’re only kids once.
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