5 Reasons I Hide Toys From My Kids- and You Should Too!

5 Reasons I Hide Toys From My Kids- and You Should Too!

If your house ever seems overrun by toyshide them!  The results are awesome!  Obviously you wouldn’t want to take the one they can’t live without, but the others are fair game!

5 Reasons I Hide my kids toys

  1.  Kids get bored with their toys after a bit.  Take a few they aren’t as excited with and stash them somewhere.  Add a few more here and there as they get tired of more.  Then, on a day where everyone’s having a harder time, pull some of them out.  Your kids will be excited to see their long lost toys and enjoy them again!
  2. Your house will be easier to keep clean with fewer toys floating around.  Your kids will have an easier time keeping their rooms clean which is good for everyone: great for their self-esteem and fabulous for your stress level.
  3. When there are fewer toys to work with, kids seem to get even more creative– which is always awesome!  I’ve noticed that some of the most creative ideas tend to come when there’s less around and kids are stretching a bit more.
  4. There’s more room to play!  It’s more fun to play when you aren’t crammed together so much.
  5. Kids can get more impatient and appreciate things less if they have everything available at the snap of their fingers.  Having fewer toys available all the time can help them feel more grateful for what they do have.

Win-win!  Kids are less-bored and things are easier for you!

Motivate Younger Kids with an Awesome New Job Chart

Motivate Younger Kids with an Awesome New Job Chart

Get kids moving and motivated to help around the house with a new job chart!  My kids love job charts- at least for awhile, then they get bored and want a different one.  Occasionally we trade them around to keep them motivated.

Job Chart FB

This chart is easy to put together.

First, print!  I like to use cardstock so it’s a little sturdier.

Second, laminate!  Cut them out first if you want tightly laminated edges.  I bought THIS LAMINATOR last year and absolutely LOVE it!

Third, cut them out.

Fourth, add sticky magnet to the back.  (something like THIS)

Last, find something to stick them to and get the kids moving!  I have one area for the TO DO items, then an area to move the jobs to when they’re DONE.

CLICK HERE to print your free job chart!

Organize Your Life & Home in a Way That Works for YOU

Organize Your Life & Home in a Way That Works for YOU

When you’re organizing your life and home, consider how things will work for you and your family.  There are many brilliant ideas on Pinterest and around the web but not all of them will work in every home.

Look at your life, routines, personality, etc. and consider what will actually be beneficial to you.  There may be ideas you would love to try that just aren’t a fit for you at your current point in life.  That’s okay!  It means you’re normal!  We don’t all live in perfect houses that never have dirty dishes or laundry to be done.  We all have bad hair days or days we just want to hide in bed.  Look for things to organize that will reduce stress, not cause more problems trying to use a system that just doesn’t fit you or your family.

Start Simple – if you’re overwhelmed, you’re more likely to quit/give up!

Adopt a system. Use a Family/Household Planner, or a notebook, or whatever works for your family. I LOVE the weekly planner over at theconfidentmom.com.  I’ve used it for several years now and love the reminders included along with the spaces to personalize everything for my family.

-Keep your family in mind as you organize your home – a left-brained person may be more likely to put a thing in its place, while a right-brained person may be more likely to put a thing away if it goes in a cute/pretty container.

Create a schedule – and then stick to it. It doesn’t have to be complex. (Sleep- the best place to start!  Get up.  Get dressed.  Eat.)

Label things!  Baskets and containers look prettier and more organized when they have a cute label. Another bonus – you won’t be the only one who knows where things go!

Delegate! It may not easy to let go of control, but have your family help with the organizing. Younger kids actually enjoy organizing – & it gives them something they can be in total control over, which boosts their confidence.  See ideas for cleaning with kids.

Put things away when you’re done with them. Put trash immediately in the garbage- and have trash cans easily accessible.

-Process your mail immediately. Helps avoid paper piles!

Get rid of things you don’t need. It sounds easier than it is! Keep a box, a laundry basket, or a bag on hand for things you choose to give away, and as soon as it’s full, get it out of the house!

-Start with organizing one space. It can be the corner of a room, or an entire room.

-You can start in a room that gets the most use so everyone can enjoy it, or start with the rooms that will stay organized the best/longest, so you feel you’re making a difference!

-One day a week, only schedule the necessary things (school, etc.). If you have a day where you don’t have to do things, it can help you be more productive on the other days – and on your do-nothing day too, because you can choose to do/work on things you like!

If you try something and it doesn’t work, that’s okay!

Tweak it or try something else until you find the fit that works for you!

We’re all different- and aren’t you glad!  Life would be very boring if we were all exactly the same!

Check out my Room by Room series of Master Cleaning Lists!

Using Rolling Shelves for Easy Food Storage

Using Rolling Shelves for Easy Food Storage

Rotating food storage made easy with rolling shelves!  Whether you’re making your own or using store-bought, they are fabulous for pantry organization!

Organize your pantry or food storage with rolling shelves!  They’re easy to make and are SO useful!

How to Make

Start with a set of utility shelves like THIS SET or THESE.  Put on the top, bottom and middle shelf.

Get sheets of wood the same size (or slightly deeper) than the shelves, lengths of 2″x1/2 wood and extra nuts and bolts.

Measure the distance for the cans or products you want to store on the shelves.  Mark where you want to put the dividers then nail or screw them to the sheets of wood.

Place bolts in the front corners to hold the front of the rolling shelf.

Rolling Shelves Front Corner

Place bolts a couple inches higher in the back corner to give the shelf the angle.  You could also bolt blocks of wood to give the shelf an extra “base”.

Rolling Shelves Rear Corner

If you’re planning on loading a lot of weight on the shelves, you can add an extra corner bracket over the first one for extra stability.

Insert the rolling shelf onto the bolts.  (Be careful!  Don’t pinch your fingers like I did!)  Be sure it’s evenly balanced and secure.

Rolling Shelves corner view

You’re ready to load the shelves.  Put heavy items on the lower shelves for stability.

Like the idea of rolling shelves but don’t want to make your own?  Check these out!

Standing Rolling Shelves

Rolling Can Organizer for Pantry or Shelves

Another Organizer for Pantry