Monday, April 28, 2008

storage and organization

ok friends i need help. seriously, if i have to bitch at my kids one more time about cleaning their rooms i'm going to fucking explode. i totally realize part of the problem is they don't have enough storage space (and they have wayyyyyy too much shit).

they both have large closets, the kind with the folding slat doors, but stuff is just piled in them. the boy has a toy box in his, filled w/ toys he doesn't even play with.

i'm thinking i need some sort of (inexpensive) closet organizational tool. stacking bins or shelves or something. i am willing to de-ass some of the toys. by inexpensive i mean i'd love to find a way to solve both closet problems for under $100. is this doable or am i out of my mind? they both currently have a huge tub filled w/ stuffed animals and i don't want tubs all over their rooms. also, in the tubs things seem to get lost and forgotten.

any organizational suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


Kristin.... said...

I like the clear plastic stacking drawers (some come on wheels). We have 2 sizes and the drawers are labeled for ease. Not that the kids USE them, but when the miracle happens, the drawers are labeled for them. :)

Astarte said...

I recently bought wire shelves from Target, the kind that assemble into a milkcrate framework using plastic connectors. I love them!!!!

I hate toyboxes. They're just dumping grounds for unused junk. You need to go through the closets and be ruthless, seriously. Don't let them do it themselves, since they'll just play with whatever they find. Send them both out on playdates, and do it yourself. Chances are, they'll never miss anything you get rid of. If you're worried that they'll freak, keep the stuff in the basement or somewhere, in trash bags, for a few days. If nothing is said, off to the Salvation Army!

Creative Kerfuffle said...

kristin--i have one of those rolling cart/clear plastic things too in the boy's room. if i get the closet cleaned out it will move into the closet and i will force him to use it! LOL
astarte--i actually looked at target's stuff online, that might be the route i go. their closets are pretty big, the girl's is mostly empty, but i've dumped a lot of my stuff in the boy's closet.
i think toyboxes were invented by men who don't have the slightest idea what works and what doesn't when it comes to furnishings and organization.