The purpose of this post is to share my personal experience and to also let others moms know there are other options out there if you aren’t happy with the way you are doing things. If everything is working great for you, you and your family are happy, healthy, and well-rested, keep on keepin’ on. I would never want this post to make anyone feel wrong or guilty about their choices. I believe involved parents are all trying to do what’s best for their children and what established authorities have told them is best. Also note, this post is not medical advice. I am a mom of three sharing my experiences.Continue reading “How I Inadvertently Became an Attachment Parent and Why It Isn’t For Me”
You may know by now that I love a good podcast, and it doesn’t get much better than The Clutterbug podcast , here’s the one I’m referencing:
Cass is so inspiring with how she talks about how the brain works, her story of how she went from a slob to an organized person, and how she is completely honest about why she keeps things neat and tidy- she wants more time to be lazy. Ha!
One of my favorite ideas that she talks about is toy rotation for children. She used to run a daycare, and so her house would look like there was both a tornado and frat party at the end of the day. She knew something had to change. So she made labeled bins and put one type of toy in each bin. She only allowed 2 or so boxes out at a time. Here’s a more detailed explanation of how her system works:
- All other toys are out of reach.
- Before meal times there would be a cleanup time.
- If the children wanted a different toy, they had to cleanup one box in exchange for a different box.
She found that the children were much more likely to cleanup when the mess was much less overwhelming. An added benefit is the toys are much easier to play with when the parts aren’t mixed together.
Now I’ve wanted to implement this system but I failed several times because I didn’t keep all the toys out of reach, and I also failed to print labels. To overcome these obstacles , I finally got a printer and printed labels from Canva.com and I keep my kid’s toys in their closet, and they have a child lock on their door. (That way they can’t sneak extra toys boxes and make a huge mess!)
Of course this system won’t work for everyone, especially if you don’t have much space to keep toys separate from where your kids play. But, I think it’s worth the try of getting creative. I don’t know about you, but I hate being a nag and trying to get my kids to cleanup and I would much rather do other things than get down on my hands and knees picking up legos especially when I am pregnant. I definitely want to encourage independence in my children as I’m sure most parents do.
How to Set Up Your System
- Purge any broken toys, toys your kids have grown out of, or toys your kids just have no interest in.
- Categorize all the toys. I know. For most of us, this is a HUGE process. Your kids can help you!
- Now count how many categories you have. This will tell you how many containers you need.
- Check to see if you can find any containers in your house that will do the job. This way you don’t have to go out and spend money. (unless you want a beautiful Pinterest perfect organizational system and you can afford it, be my guest!) I was able to just switch stuff around and use what I had.
- Make a shopping list if you need to. Hit up the Dollar Tree first. I like an open bin system except for the toys that are too big for it, then I use bigger tubs that I buy elsewhere.
- Go on Canva.com, find pictures that represent the toy category and print them out! You could get fancy and print them on special paper that would make them real labels, but I just printed them on regular paper, cut them out, and taped them to the boxes.
- Put one toy category per box. For example, a critter playset will be all together. Cars all together. Animals all together. You get the idea.
Here are some bins like the ones I used:
The toy system will look something like this! I also have several other toy bins not pictured. To keep things extra tidy, I try to store everything in my kid’s closet. Does it stay this way all the time? No. But if I am on top of my game, I can get most all of their toys to fit nicely in the closet. If they don’t, it’s probably time to , you guessed it, de-clutter.
I love the way my local library stores puzzles. They have these special envelopes so the board and pieces stay together. Although I couldn’t find the same envelopes, I decided to improvise and I use Ziploc bags for puzzles that didn’t have a board, and Dollar Tree wardrobe bags for puzzles that have a board.
Pretty? No. Functional? You betcha.
Though I didn’t use this envelope below, I think this would be another great option, and probably better than the garment bag because it claims to be heavy duty.
My Favorite Part
Is this system perfect? Of course not. It takes regular maintenance. Does it have it’s perks? Definitely. My favorite part of this toy system, besides less drama at cleanup time, is my kids being able to do things like this:
So what do you think? Would you ever do this? Why or why not? What has worked for you? I would love to know in the comments!
My kids eat their meals in courses. That’s right. COURSES. Their are usually 3 courses, starting out with the healthiest food first. Where did I get this idea? Well, as you probably know by now, I am a Francophile. Here’s the definition, because I have found this isn’t a very common word:Continue reading “My Kids Eat Their Meals in Courses”
First of all, I want to say. I’m no expert. I’m not a child development major. I’m not perfect. I fail all the time. What I am is a mom who has studied discipline, discerned what is right according to my faith, and I’m committed to doing it right.Continue reading “How We Discipline”
I had one of those days today. Let me tell you about it.Continue reading “Kind Strangers, Weeping, and Morning Surprises”
So, have you guys started watching Marie Kondo’s new show on Netlix? Well, I have. I may or may not have already watched the entire thing…so, what?Continue reading “How to Konmari Kid Stuff”
If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted in awhile. That’s because we have all had terrible colds and, Christmas. My husband was on Christmas vacation , which was such a blessing, but it also meant we weren’t on our usual routine. December was all about Christmas preparations and doctors visits. I think we went to the doctor 5 times and to the emergency room once (!). My poor son hurt his ear.Continue reading “Currently Enjoying January 2019 and Where I Have Been”
The Search for Balance
Family life is so chaotic, especially this time of year, but we are committed to learning how to balance “it all”. Continue reading “Balance In The Chaos of Family Life: Is It Even Possible?”
Recently, a friend of mine asked me:
“Do you like being a stay-at-home mom?” Continue reading “On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom: Is It Worth It?”
What you’ll find
In this post, I am going to tell you all about how to make your schedule as a mom. It will be completely tailored to your life- something for moms who work outside and inside the home. (Mine is from the perspective of a work-from-home mom) . You’ll also learn how to approach your schedule when life happens – you know the drill – your kids get sick, the dog throws up on every blanket you own, you have unexpected company, etc. You will take stock of all of your responsibilities but also take into account time for prayer and time to do things you enjoy. Continue reading “Make Your Schedule as a Mom and Grace for when Life Happens”