Saturday, 3 March 2012

Toy Organization-Part 3

Some of you may have been waiting for the third and final installment of Toy Organization, so here it is! Organization is not about having everything all matchy-matchy. That's the part that fools a lot of people when you see these grandiose photos of all the matching bins and the use of organization specific items. Don't get me wrong, if money grew on trees, I would be all over matching and spending oodles of money in an organization store, but that's not realistic. I have recycled many different things for organizing and I'm going to show you some of those in this post.

Lets start with my art supplies for the kidlets. Most people probably have a dining room specific hutch or buffet in their dining room. Why not put a dresser in there? It offers TONS of space for all your stuff and is perfect size for the kidlets to get at the stuff they need.
 In our dining room dresser we store all this...

Our Play Doh and utensils. Our opened cups are at the front and our extras are at the back of the drawer.

Our Play Doh utensils are kept in a plastic bin. This came as a gift basket full of baby supplies when we were pregnant, we recycled it for this purpose.









In the opposite drawer we have all our Play Doh equipment.


In another drawer, we keep all our markers, crayons pencil crayons and colouring books.


Our pencil crayons are kept in a recycled make up bag.

Our crayons are kept in a gift box that was from a present a few Christmas' ago.

And we keep our markers in a handy zipper lock bag, for easy transporting and to keep them contained in case one leaks!















Next is our paint and science experiment equipment drawer. We also keep some extra crayons in there too :)



Again, we have a zipper bag in case something leaks. All our paint utensils and stamps live here.
















The rest of the drawers in the dresser contain Mama's stuff like cookbooks, dish clothes and the age old Junk Drawer!

Since the last Toy Organization installment, we have updated the Lego Table. You can see the original post here. My son asked me if I could label the drawers so it would be easier for him to know where everything goes. Although the drawers are see through, they are not to a 5 year old and he was spending a lot of time opening drawer after drawer trying to find where his pieces went. So this was our solution.

First I took a picture of each of the pieces that go in each drawer. Then I placed all of them on an 8X10 canvas in Photo Shop, sent the JPEG to Walmart to print out and then cut them up and taped them on. My little guy gets his Lego tidied up much easier now!

And lastly, our dress up corner. Dress up is probably the most played activity in the house. My hubby & I joke that our kidlets are a character more than they are themselves. They love to pretend and dress up and experiment with different animal sounds and people. In order for that to occur, dress up must be accessible. This is another recycled area, we use 'hooks' to hang our dress up on, but they are actually repurposed shelf holders that I turned on their sides. You could just use plain hooks, misaligned on the wall as well.


Under the hooks we have a bin that is for hats, shoes, gloves, wigs and small costume pieces.











This is what it looks like all hung up!


That's all for Toy Organization. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here! As always, Happy Organizing!!

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22 comments:

  1. Awesome! As usual, some great organization ideas. I've seen the idea before of putting pictures up so kids know where specific things go and think it's really handy, especially for the young ones :) Love the dress up corner!

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  2. I love your labels for legos!

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  3. Awesome! And I love how realistic and practical you are about the bins and such. :)
    ~Elena
    http://acasarella.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm so jealous of that dresser!!! I wish we had room in our dining space for a dresser of that size.

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    1. Thank you! You could do a tall boy as well, maybe done with a mirror on top, resembling a mantel. That would look good too, and you don't need much space at all!

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  5. After being one who wasn't so smart as to keep 'leak-ables' in ziploc, it certainly is great advice! Thank you for the great post - I'm off to go find Parts 1 & 2 now!

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  6. Shantalle,
    I'm becoming an organizing junkie too. It must be something about spring. I'd love it if you linked this up at Whimsy Wednesday at www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/03/whimsy-wednesdays-1.html

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    1. I would love to Jenny! I missed out this week but I have added you to my list for next week. Thanks for the invite! See you Wednesday!

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  7. It's so refreshing to see someone who's organized who uses things they have to organize instead of going out and spending tons of money. I totally reuse boxes or baskets that gifts come in to organize things. I'm always using shoe boxes for things too. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel! We do our best to recycle when we can ;)

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  8. fantastic!

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday.
    Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow

    Natasha xxx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  9. My craft are is in desperate need of organization. I have everything in bags right now. Not the most feasible way to organize things because I can't find anything :) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday. Hope to see you again this week.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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    1. Thanks Mia! Good news is, they will all still be there tomorrow ;) Organizing is like a drug to me, I'm obsessed, I'm not proud ;) Have a great weekend!!

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  10. I LOVE your hooks! This is something I need to work hard at--toy organization! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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    1. Thanks Alison, I always appreciate your comments! Have a great day:)

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  11. Love this! I love how the kids can get to everything they need and they know where it needs to be returned to. Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  12. Toy gifts are so perfect for children. They have so fun with toys.

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