Brooke Tucker-Reid, momstown Writer
It’s no surprise to you Mama – kids grow like weeds. As they grow and mature, they will need different toy, crafts and books to challenge them and to stimulate their brains. They’ll need new clothes. My daughter (almost) has more clothes than I do, and don’t even get me started on shoes. Pair all of that with condo living and you’ve got to get creative with your space if you have any chance of staying organized. Try these tips and hacks to keep clutter and chaos to a minimum.
Max out closet space by incorporating levels
Closet organizers work wonders to help you take advantage of every inch of your child’s closet. However, they can get a tad pricey and unless you’re handy, tricky to install too. My favourite closet hack starts with a trip to (or online order from) Ikea. Measure the closet, then purchase a Kallax 8-cube shelf unit ($100) and place it horizontally along the bottom of the closet. The cubes can be used to store books and toys. You can even purchase bins to sit inside each cube to keep smaller toys or clothes organized. Store shoes on top of the unit. This system has allowed us to keep all toys and books contained in our tot’s room. Best. Hack. Ever.
Stuffed animal seating
Finally – a place to store all of my daughter’s stuffies in a functional way. All you need to do is purchase a bean bag chair cover in any size of your choosing, then fill it with stuffed animals. The perfect place to snuggle up for story time. Some companies have even designed storage chairs just for stuffed animals like these.
PVC piping for the win
It’s an age old struggle. Parents want kids to put their toys away, but kids find it daunting and want their favourite cars and figurines to be easily accessible. This simple organization hack using PVC piping looks pretty cool for a kid’s room and makes tidying a breeze.
Crafty craft storage
Have a few mason jars kicking around? They are perfect for craft storage. Kick the cuteness factor up a notch by gluing a plastic animal or figurine to the lid with Crazy Glue, then spray paint it and lid the same colour. This storage craft is not only cheap, but it also teaches your youngsters to reuse things in your home and put them to other uses. Check out the full tutorial.
Above all else, make it a monthly or bi-monthly habit to sort through toys, books and clothes. Donate or pass along anything that is just taking up space. Make it easier for yourself by keeping a donation bag or bin handy and empty it regularly. It takes a fair amount of discipline but you’ll be thanking me when you’ve gone a week without stepping on Lego in the middle of the night.
Do you have any unique storage tips to share? Let us know in comments!