Organizing Family Spaces. Tips and Tricks that are Aesthetically Functional!
Since the newest Marie Kondo craze has hit the internet hard, I wanted to share some of my personal organizing tips... no worries, you don't have to hug or talk to any inanimate objects! I want to share what has worked for our family with two school age children who love doing all the things! I know keeping a single space dedicated to your little ones is hard, so hopefully these ideas will help you keep your home looking less jungle gym, while still keeping things easily accessible to your little friends!
One of the biggest tips I can give when someone wants to start organizing their home, is to start one room a a time! Draw out a plan on a piece of paper that gives you an idea of what items you will need to purchase and come up with a plan! If you have no idea where to start, or have questions, feel free to message me on facebook, I'd be more than happy to help!
Here, we will start in the living room, where no matter how hard you try to keep this space an adult sanctuary, the minis seem to always migrate their belongings during the day!
We finally decided to get rid of our living room coffee table and switch to a storage ottoman instead! BEST DECISION EVER! It is still functional for holding things like drinks simply by adding a tray! Inside we keep our snugglies, and our gaming stuff! It is aesthetically pleasing, cozy (kids love laying on it,) and functional... WIN!
You can get a similar ottoman here!
In our playroom we have a wall desk hanging at a height the kids can reach and work at easily. We use a storage ottoman here also for seating. These ottomans are very versatile, look nice, and the kids love them! They are a great way to store things while being functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time!
We have 2 in the play room. This one is used as a seat, as well as stores very important NERF guns allowing for easy battle access! ;)
The other one sits next to our play room couch and is a magical bottomless portal for all things princess dress up, and doubles as an ottoman /side table for drinks (we just add a tray!)
One day I completely lost my mind and sorted all 849,493,434 legos we have... This cart has been a life saver and such the perfect place for keeping lego pieces. You can simply toss them in there if you think organizing by piece type is a lost cause, or you can go through and organize each drawer by type suck as wheels, people, gears, blocks, flat pieces, irregular pieces, etc... Mine are pretty good about keeping their prized possessions organized. It was also fun for all of us to sit down and do together! The thing I like most about this set u is that the kids can bring the cart into the living room (it rolls) set up a play area with a blanket, and play! It's moveable! Organization on wheels!
These little dish bins are from the dollar store, I have a million of them and use them for everything! They are great for little ones to manage carrying as they have little handles on each side and they are sturdy! (They don't bend!) They also double as great sensory bins for things like water beads etc!
You can find them online here, but they are far more expensive!
We keep all of our video games in plastic bins with lids. They fit nicely in our cube shelves and are stackable with the lids on! Being clear, the kids can find what they need without having to rummage through and open all of the bins!