Happy Valentines Day!
How do you celebrate Valentines Day?
My husband and I maintain that you should make your spouse feel special every day. We exchange cards and give a small token of affection, but we feel blessed to be with each other every day.
Don't save it all for Valentines Day, find a way to give a little love every day!
I hope your weather is seasonably/reasonable. We had an unusually cold/icey February. The first two weeks of February had N. Central Texas in an icey grip for the better part of 10 days! Fortunately, it never lasts too long. By Sunday, February 13th, we were riding gocarts around a track without coats!!
Wishing you and your family the best in 2011.
By the way . . . be sure to check out the Book Reviews section to help you get started with your home organizing projects for 2011.
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TOY STORAGE SOLUTIONS
I love kids but I know from my own experience as a parent (and now a grandparent) that toy clutter can easily take over your home. What to do?
These toy storage tips will help.
I recommend that you get the kids involved in organizing and cleaning up their toys. Some of the benefits of this are:
- They learn to take responsibility for their possessions.
- They learn to donate to others less fortunate.
- They know where to store the toys they keep.
- They help create the toy storage system and, therefore, are more likely to use it.
As with any organizing project, the basics are: Sort (trash, charity, repair, keep), categorize, store. Here are some questions you need to ask about the toys as you begin the sorting process:
- Does the toy have missing or broken parts? (If the answer is “yes,” Trash it. If the answer is “no,” proceed with the rest of the questions).
- Has the toy has been actively played with in the past 2 to 3 months on a regular basis? (If the answer is “no,” put it in the “Donate” pile).
- Should the toy be saved for a younger sibling to play with? Will the sibling actually play with it? (If the answer is “yes,” put it in the “Keep” pile. If the answer is “no,” put it in the “Donate” pile).
- Does the item have collector, financial or sentimental value to you and/or your family? (If the answer is “yes,” put it in the “Keep” pile. If the answer is “no,” put it in the “Donate” pile).
When it comes to categorizing and storing the toys, the main categories of toys are:
- Puzzles and board games
- Stuffed toys and animals
- Educational and building (Lego’s, blocks, etc.)
- Videos and video games
- Action figures and other small toys
- Dolls and related items (clothing, furniture, etc.)
- Creative (Polymer clay, crayons, paper, pens, stickers, etc.)
- Cars, trucks, etc.
Each category has unique storage needs. Listed at the bottom of this newsletter are my favorite types of Toy Storage Solutions
toy storage items.
When it comes to kids and toys, remember:
- Taming toy clutter will most likely be a daily routine for you as well as the kids. I know that may sound tiring (who needs one more thing to do each day?) . . . however, just like saving money, little things done routinely add up to big savings. For mom and dad, this means saving time, money and frustration, and
- Time . . .picking up little things daily takes less time than dealing with a huge pile later or never (don’t let it get bad – you can feel over-whelmed and most people avoid tasks that seem over-whelming).
Love and balance are key issues!!!
LOVE your kids always and express it each and every day. They will be grown up and gone before you know it.
BALANCE teaching them cleanliness and respect for their possessions with letting them be kids and loving them. Don’t be over-zealous in maintaining an absolutely tidy space.
Happy Valentines Day!
MY FAVORITE TOY STORAGE ITEMS
PUZZLES/BOARD GAMES: SPORT STORAGE BENCH
Sports Upholstered Storage Ottoman
STUFFED ANIMALS: JUMBO HAMMOCK
Jumbo Toy Hammock - White - Includes Mounting Hooks
EDUCATIONAL/BUILDING/LEGOS: 12 BIN STORAGE ORGANIZER
Kid's 12 Bin Organizer in Primary Colors by Whitmor
BOOKS: WIRE STORAGE CUBES
Wire Storage Cubes in Purple
VIDEOS & VIDEO GAMES: STORE MORE 3 DRAWER UNIT
Store More 3 Drawer Unit
ACTION FIGURES & SMALL TOYS: UNDERBED STORAGE W/WHEELS
Kids Underbed Storage on Wheels Mahogany - Short
DOLLS & RELATED: TOY BOX
Nantucket Toy Box Bench in White by KidKraft®
ART & SUPPLIES: UTILITY CADDY
Super Utility Caddy - Grape by Romanoff Products
CARS/TRUCKS: TOY CAR CASE
Toy Car Case - Red by Romanoff Products
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