Organize the chaos; part 2

Round 2, I say it like that because it felt like this time around organizing was a boxing match!!  I had some hard hits tackling my kids domain i.e. kids rooms, Lego room, toy room, and craft room.  I had also planned to organize and revamp my work space but as of it yet that is still on the to do list as I am getting a new desk built.  More on that at a later date.  Let me share with you my ideas on maintaining and organizing the big messy culprit in our house…..toys and kid paraphernalia.

 

First up Nerf gun and weapon wall:

This was actually super easy to accomplish and cheap too!  I found this peg board at my local Lowe’s for a lot less than expected.  Lowe’s also had packages of hooks and such for peg boards that were much more cost efficient that buying each piece individually.  I mounted the peg board with 1″ pine, and hung up the toy guns.  I found there were so many different pieces in the hardware pack that worked for certain guns.  For example the containers for the nerf bullets.  Now I am happy to report the toy chest isn’t emptied on the floor to find bullets or certain guns.  Everything has its place, is easily spotted and played with more.

 

Lego room:

Now to be honest I don’t think I will ever organize a Lego room again.   Seriously this was painful both figuratively and literally.  There were definitely feet and bums harmed in this production.  Not to mention the amount of time this took.  I guess time will tell if my efforts were worth it.  I have seen Legos organized many different ways and debated on how to organize mine.  The color organization system seemed easy enough but I couldn’t see that as being the most efficient way.  I organized mine by size and shape.  Maybe that’s why it took so long….so many shapes who knew??  I categorized my bins as following:

  1. Flat pieces with more than two peg rows along with house or building structures.    (two small bins inside one drawer)
  2. Square or rectangular pieces with two peg rows along with small single peg row pieces. (two small bins inside one drawer)
  3. Lego people and all parts concerned along with car parts and pieces.  (two small bins inside one drawer)
  4. Miscellaneous and odd shaped pieces.
  5. Halfway finished projects.  (Don’t want to ruin what they half way completed, keeping safe.)
  6. Lego sets that are still packaged together, along with all the Lego books and instruction.
  7. Lego duplo, I didn’t organize this as it seems to be played with less as my kids grow, also larger pieces are easily identified in one bin.
  8. Megablocks, again all in one bin as they are seldom played with and large enough to find what is needed.

Craft room:

 

This was a fun project, maybe because I enjoy crafting with my kiddos.  I went to my local goodwill store and found so many bins, buckets and trays for this project, granted all different colors and sizes but for a craft room that’s exactly what I am looking for.  Best part is the price tag!! Plenty of great items for a quarter.  My aqua craft shelf is an old hand me down from my grandmother’s home, repainted and re-purposed.  I hung it at kid level and it is a catch all for all things craft. Placing smaller bins inside the shelf unit with crayons, pencils, markers, glue, tape, scissors, etc.  Down below placing larger bins for our yarn, and sticker supply.  Having a finished artwork bin helps to control the paper mess.   Our large craft table is an old dining table re-used for our messy endeavors.  We keep our construction paper, drawing and writing paper in our magazine holder on the top of the table right next to our art paper rolls.  Paper all in one place and easy to sort through.  Next to the paper we keep all things paint (paintbrushes, water colors, water bins).  I have a smaller craft table purchased at the goodwill for my youngest.  She can now join the fun at her level.  Keeping a orange wood tray to house all of the supplies in small buckets containing crayons, markers, pencils.  We have a closet in the craft room containing more art supplies used less often, keeping the craft room less cluttered.  I am really happy how this room turned out as it is the second most used room in the house!

 

Work space inspiration:

Thanks to A Beautiful Mess for the inspiration on my work space.  As I said before I was hoping to have this completed before writing this post but having a custom desk made apparently takes time.  This will have to remain a work in progress revealed at a later date.  Until then I will keep this in my favorites loving the peg board organization for a small space!

Do you have an amazingly organized work space?  Please share with me what your work space looks like!

 

Feels so good to donate and de-clutter!  Off to the goodwill! Have a good Saturday!!

 

 

Organizing the Chaos; part 1

Lets knock out a resolution (chore) and treat my OCD to a day of organizing.  There is so much I want to organize, de-clutter, DIY remodel, and much more that I can’t wait to share with you this year.  But first things first…..organize the chaos.  Get rid of the old to live simpler and organize to live happier (it’s true, studies have shown that tidying up a bit can improve your mood). Then the pretty stuff, remodeling (which definitely improves my mood)!

This is part 1 of my de-clutter and organize series.  There is so much to do that it can be overwhelming to know where and what to start with.  So for me I start with what is REALLY bothering me.  Like the junk drawer that is a pain just to open.  Or the pantry, which is really my least favorite to organize but somebody’s got to do it…right?!  So let me share with you my ideas and ideas I have found to help nudge you to get going on your chaos.

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Starting with the biggest pain in the ***.  The JUNK drawer.  No joke this stuff was just floating around in the drawer for nearly 6 months.  If you needed to find anything you would empty all the contents (finding a needle in a large haystack).  I could no longer take it so I found a wonderful solution……retractable drawer organizer a.k.a. flatware holder.  I found the largest one I could, extended as far as I could, to have this beautiful chaos organized!!  I kept sharpies, pencils, pens. tape, glue, keys, etc. in their own respectful places.  I now love to open this drawer (to admire my work).

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Cords!!!  I despise cords showing.  Now I know what your thinking, well then take the t.v. off the counter and then no cords on display.  Au contraire… there is still that pesky but helpful “ok google” lady with cords attached.  Also, I am not going to lie, I love having a t.v. in the kitchen.  When I am cooking dinner I can keep up with the rest of the world by catching the evening news (I sound like my mother).  Check out this amazing  storage basket I found with large enough holes in the weave that plugs can exit to the outlet.  This basket is full of cords, but you wouldn’t know it as I plopped a faux plant inside (didn’t get a real one as there isn’t sufficient light).

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Are you like me and growing tired of your kids dumping entire bins of toys out just to find a toy?  We have that problem at our house, so I figure this solution is a total win as they no longer need to do so.  Also I find they play with long, lost, and forgotten toys more often as it takes less work to find said toy.  This over the door shoe organizer (known at our house as the doll organizer) works wonders for Barbies, dolls, and all their small parts.  My son has one for all his superheroes and army men, this works well for both boys and girls.

Same concept here with all the bin dumping to find that one “special” hot wheel.  Keep the metal toy cars hung nicely and neatly with a magnetic knife bar.  No more unnecessary messes (aren’t they all unnecessary).  Toys are visible as well as easily manageable so they are played with more.  Remember you need metal cars for this, I found out the hard way….found this idea and immediately had to try it.  When I found this idea on Pinterest it hadn’t stated anything about making sure toy cars were metal (f.y.i. most cars are plastic or aluminum these days), so of coarse this was a total dud for me as no cars would stick.  Thanks to  Keeping up with the Souths for troubleshooting the problem and coming up with a soution.

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The most cluttered  room in the house….the pantry. I didn’t want to take this one on but here it is in all its glory….organized!  If you have a label maker and big budget for some beautiful bins great, if not don’t fret.  You can organize with anything and a bit of an imagination.  Organize how you and your budget see fit, recycle cardboard boxes, old baskets, index cards and sharpie the possibilities are endless.  My daughter even got in on the fun and helped me to make my index cards “fun”.  I found these black bins in all sizes at a great price (on sale), all other bins/baskets I already had.

 

Pictured above are some items that I didn’t think needed a bin as it seemed wasteful.  Using a canned food storage rack is a fabulous way of keeping your canned goods organized and able to see.  I used original boxes for the cereal and crackers as I wanted to be able to find what I was looking for and know what is what in a timely manner.  My fruit snacks have a million packages in them as they were a very recent purchase in bulk from Costco.  I felt its original box did the trick better than anything.  Grouping items that are difficult to put in a bin alongside items placed in bins looks clean and tidy. The trick is to keep alike items grouped together.  Pictured below is a great example of a bread bin followed by a pasta bin (bring on the carbs).  Other sections can include, breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal, granola bars etc.), baking goods (flour, sugar, brownie mix), so many ways to work the sections, do what feels best and easily accessable to you. Put healthy snacks on a low shelf so little’s are able to reach, items used frequently around midlevel, and items used less frequently up high.

Here is a very practical way to organize items of the same section using minimal space (especially placed in a corner) and ease in locating.  Lazy Susan’s are a brilliant way to organize flour, sugar, baking powder, etc, that are used frequently.

 

Thanks to Useful Beautiful Home and Organized Junkie for this great idea!! I will definitely be doing this once the weather warms and I can brave the cold garage.  I love how they have used corresponding pictures to line up the toys.  Stay in your lane!!!!

 

I really want to try this in our craft room (which is next on my list).  What a great way to organize our days. I love that the chalk boards are big enough to fit all the events ( which is a lot these days)!  Thanks for the inspiration HGTV.

Well it’s been a long day and me and my OCD are all tuckered out.  So until next time (part 2), keep on keepin on.

If you have some organizing ideas and tips please share with me as I would love to hear them.

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