One of the challenges every parent faces, at some point, is how to get kids to help put their clean laundry in the proper places. For adults, it may be easy to remember that socks and underwear go in the top drawer and pants in the bottom, but for kids who are just learning (or need a gentle reminder because it’s not a priority for them), a little help couldn’t hurt.
A company called Crafterhours offers the help you need with their “I know where it goes” drawer stickers feature colorful stickers of each piece of clothing. The stickers can go on the outside of the dresser or, if you prefer, on the inside bottom of the drawer to indicate where shirts, pants, underwear, pajamas, socks, etc. live. The stickers are for kids 3-8, but hey it could be helpful to older children who haven’t quite adopted this task. The set includes between 8-10 stickers and they are available in a variety of different colors. The cost is just $5.00 per pack and are available on the Crafterhours.com site.
Although my children feel like they’ve got this chore down and know where their clothing lives, I did pass on the stickers to a friend’s children. The next time I saw my friend’s daughter, she exclaimed, “I put the stickers on my drawers!” She was quite proud of the fact that she used them and it sounds like she’s headed toward helping her mom when it comes time to put away her clothing.
It’s never too soon to get kids started on helping around the home and taking pride in their surroundings.
I hung a life-saver of a product on the back of the bathroom door recently. The Clever Pockets helped us clear the bathroom vanity, which makes “cleaning” much easier. We are using the Floral Black mini stash in my daughter’s bathroom. Surprisingly, there are still two empty pockets!
What I love about this product is that is’t not exclusive to the bathroom. Nope! There are a ton of uses around the home, which I’ve outlined below:
In the Kitchen, store candles, mixes, cake decorating supplies, teas, coffees, spices, or pastas.
In the Hall closet store gloves, hats, scarves, shoes, small umbrellas, tennis balls, electronics, and kid’s toys.
In the Utility Room store electronic cords, cleaning supplies, stain sticks, medicines, batteries, and first aid supplies.
In the Baby’s Room store diapers, diaper creme, tights, socks, lotions, wipes, clothes, and burp cloths.
In the Bathroom store medicines, first aid, toiletries, make up, and shaving needs.
In the Office store scissors, paper clips, business cards, stapler/staples, and stamps.
In the Guest Room store note cards, crafts, sewing supplies, and soaps.
In the Den store small toys, card games, WII game accessories, movies.
What’s nice about the Clever Pockets is that unlike the standard white backing, these provide a decorative feel and don’t look so sterile; they blend in and add to the surroundings with the colorful design.
The Clever Pockets come in different sizes, including Mini and Original. The Original 20 Pockets, overall size is 19″ x 52″, and the Mini has 15 pockets (5 larger middle pockets and 5 smaller pockets on either size) with an overall size of 19″ X 36″.
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One way to lose your stuff at the back of a cabinet, especially the lower kitchen cabinets, is to not utilize every square inch to its fullest. To avoid disorganization and maximizing space, pull-out drawers work wonders. Years ago, pull-out drawers were only available as a custom option in cabinets, but today you can find them at Lowe’s, Home Depot and many online retailers.
Here are some examples of how you can make your kitchen (or bath) feel like a custom experience.
Storing and accessing cleaning supplies should be simple too.
Great for pots & pans!
This is my favorite because it reduces the number of appliances on the counter top.
Great for under a kitchen or bathroom sink to store cleaning supplies.
Want to create more time in your week to relax? Group tasks together.
First, instead of literally running all over town, map out your errands and get them done in one afternoon, starting at one end of town. This will save time and gas. Make it a mission and don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by a bargain or an unplanned stop along the way!
Next, take the time you have “leftover” and do something fun and rewarding like a walk outside or an afternoon at the beach. Try and make it something that doesn’t require you to spend money (other than perhaps the gas to get there), to get a sense of true relaxation (more time and no financial burden). Here are 15 ideas for how to spend enjoy some down time:
Some houses have an entryway with a closet and others don’t. Your main “entryway” for the family may be the back or side entrance that doesn’t have a closet at all. Whatever the circumstances, busy families need a dropping point for things that come and go every day, such as jackets, book bags, keys and mail.
Recently, a twitter follower of mine asked “How do you get coats, shoes, boots and all the stuff a family of 4 to fit in a hall closet?”
Good question! Here are three simple steps that will solve most problems:
Ideally, a front hall closet should be for items you use regularly. If you’re “storing” items here, relocate them. Think of the hall closet as a permanent place for items that are used frequently during a particular season. When it’s summer, consider packing up and storing winter items elsewhere. This will make it much easier to grab what you need without weeding through what’s currently not in use. Also, closed storage is a great way to keep the hallway from looking like a bomb went off (even my front hall looks like that from time-to-time, but having a hall closet makes it a quick fix to put everything away).
If you DO have a hall closet, use it for:
1. Jackets and bags–Whether it’s hangers or hooks, make sure there are enough for what you’re using currently.
2. Shoes–Limit the number of shoes that are kept in the immediate are to two pair per person. Flip Flops and sandals take up minimal space, so consider a basket for those items.
3. Incoming/outgoing mail–Add an in/out box for mail so you know where it is. Sort regularly so it doesn’t accumulate. Hang a double on the inside of the hall closet to give new meaning to “dropping” the mail.
If you DON’T have a closet, here’s what you need to make your entryway functional and family friendly:
1. Coat Rack or Hooks–To hang jackets and bags
2. Hall Table–for a key bowl and place to drop mail
3. Chair–or a bench if you can fit one. Makes putting on shoes easier or if you want to sit and open the mail.
4. Shoe Storage–If your hallway is tight, consider a table (#2) where you can keep shoes that are worn daily. For busy families, it’s unlikely that you’ll put the shoes away in their permanent storage place every time you come and go, so make a space in the hall.
5. Mirror–If possible, a full-length mirror is great so you can “check yourself out” before you leave. If there’s only room for a standard size mirror, you’ll at least be able to check from the waist up.
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