For me, that area is toys. As I run a home daycare, and have two preschoolers of my own, there is a constant abundance of toys in my home. I am constantly finding toys everywhere, even in my ensuite bathroom (how that happens is beyond me, since my girls are never in there)! I have tried several different ways to wrangle all the toys and it's only been in the last few months that I have finally seemed to solve the toy organization crisis I was experiencing.
First of all, I use baskets, baskets and yes, more baskets. I also use clear plastic containers with lids. On either the containers or baskets I have labeled each with a picture and the word of the toys that should be in the bucket. This has not only kept my toys orgainzed but it makes clean up so much easier. Even my two and a half year old can help with clean up and be successful at it (for the most part). I also rotate toys on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis (depending on the interest I see in the kids). This has made it seem like Christmas when toys are rotated and "new" toys are put out.
All the ideas I have been using the last several months can be found in a fantastic little (only 165 pages) book entitled, Pretty Neat: The Buttoned Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go Of Perfection, by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch.
About The Book:
Pretty Neat is a handbook that embraces the chaotic reality that lies beneath org porn’s glossy veneer, offering pithy anecdotes and candid advice from experts and real women alike on tackling organizational inertia. Funny, irreverent, entertaining, and helpful, the book covers all facets of clutter-control, from tried-and-true tips for conquering to-do lists and wrangling family schedules to ideas on excavating inboxes, eliminating excuses, and delegating housework. Most importantly, Pretty Neatinsists that women need to stop holding themselves to impossibly high standards, and focus instead on defining their own, realistic organizational goals. Full of engaging examples from everyday women, Pretty Neat offers readers unorthodox, surprisingly simple methods to reduce their org porn–fueled stress, insisting that perfection is impossible — and unnecessary — in this messy, unpredictable world
About The Authors:
Alicia Rockmore is a self-proclaimed organizational maniac who flawlessly juggles a fast-paced career and full home life. She lives in Los Angeles.
Sarah Welch identifies herself as a "yo-yo organizer". She's a seasoned entrepreneur used to juggling two or more jobs and a million details at once, so she can make ends meet and chase her dreams.
This book is a life saver for anyone who dreams of having a well organized home, or anyone who wants to organize their life better in general. The book is so well organized and set up in such a way that you can read it straight through (which I did for the review) or concentrate on specific chapters.
My favorite chapters were (and still are) Chapter 4, "Learn to Just Say No", and Chapter 9 "Temper Those Toy Tsunamis" I also love the official Buttoned Up Organizational Products website. It is loaded with tons of products and tips to help organize your life and home. There is a ton of freebies and the prices for products are all very reasonablly priced.
Not only will you get some great tips and ideas, but you will learn so much through humor, and real-life experiences of the authors and other readers. A wonderful gift for anyone in your life who is just starting out on their own, is a new parent, or just needs helping getting organized! I will be referencing this book for many years to come!
I highly recommend Pretty Neat and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Pretty Neat by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch online here.
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