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Organising resources- Guest- The Ladybirds’ Adventures

March 12, 2018Jenny

As part of our guest series on organising resources, the lovely Claire from The ladybirds’ adventures has joined us to share her top tips on keeping those learning resources (toys, books and craft materials) under control!

Welcome to Rabbit Ideas! Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Claire and I live with my husband and 2 daughters in Cheshire. My eldest is 4 and currently in reception and my youngest will be 2 in June. I have always loved doing sensory play, process art and learning through play based activities with my kids. I also love sharing children’s books with them.

How would you describe the space you have, to use with your children at home?

We aren’t look enough to have a dedicated playroom or anything so we just use the house and garden generally. Messy activities tend to be done outside when we can or if not in the kitchen. I’ve even done jelly sensory play with my girls when they were young in the bath!

Whilst the girls are little, most of their toys are in our living room. I look forward to the day when most of their toys can be in their bedrooms. Books are divided between their bedrooms and our living room (the main places we read).

Which items would you say pose the biggest organisational problem?

Honestly? Most of them! My girls have lots of books, toys and art materials. I really wish we had a playroom that we could store them all in and just shut the door on at the end of the day. I guess art and craft materials would be the biggest organisational problem as some of them are so small and I need to keep them out of reach. Particularly my youngests reach as she still puts everything in her mouth.

Are there any flashpoint areas or rooms where things tend to build up?

Without a doubt the living room. Like I mentioned earlier, the majority of their toys are kept here as this is where they play most of the time. My youngest loves nothing more than to empty a box of toys everywhere!

Is there anywhere you would go to online to find organising inspiration or tips?

Pinterest is full of inspiration including organisation.

Have you found any habits or systems of organising your day which have helped?

I work 3 days a week and my eldest is at school so we fit in activities around these and my toddlers nap time.

Are there any products or storage hacks which have really worked? 

I love our IKEA Kallax storage shelves. We have a 5 x 4 in our living room and 2 x 4’s in both girls bedrooms. I love them for mixing boxes filled with toys and open shelves filled with books.

For arts and craft materials I like storing bits and bobs in recycled jars and other containers. I recently purchased this mini crate that sits on the kitchen table with a mixture of different craft materials that I plan to switch regularly so my 4 year old can write, draw or create whenever she wants.

How have your storage needs changed as your child(ren) have got older?

We just seem to be accumulating more and more. Once my youngest grows out of some toys at least the boxes may start to decrease. I have heard that toys get a lot smaller and easier to store but we have not reached this stage yet.

What one tip would you give to new parents who are just starting out and want to provide a range of engaging activities for their children at home, but have limited storage space? 

Don’t feel you need to go out and buy lots of materials. Children love everyday items like pots and pans. My two have both enjoyed treasure baskets like this Valentine’s day treasure basket and you can put anything you find around the house in it. Food can also be used like this Rainbow spaghetti sensory play.

Thank you for joining in this mini-series, where can we find you online?

My blog is The ladybirds’ adventures where I share lots of children’s books, activities and days out. You can also find me on Instagram, Pinterest (I have lots of kids activity boards), Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you, Claire! 


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Comments (15)

  • Joanna Bayford

    March 13, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Love this storing kids items can be so hard can’t it?

    1. Jenny

      March 13, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Yes! Without keeping on top of things it can really take over!

  • claire @ The ladybirds adventures

    March 13, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring me. Great idea for a series.

    1. Jenny

      March 14, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you for joining! 🙂

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    March 14, 2018 at 6:32 pm

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  • Debbie Denyer

    March 14, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    I love your idea of having a crate of art materials on the table. It’s such a good way of encouraging children’s creativity. I’m a big fan of ‘invitations to create’ where you provide some materials, which may be themed, but then just let kids create in a way which works for them.

    I use lots of transparent rainbow coloured draw units from the really useful box company to store all my art materials for Squidgydoodle craft and party boxes.

    The kids toys and art stuff are stored in canvas cubes from Great Little Trading Company.

    1. Jenny

      March 15, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Cool, these ideas are great! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Tracy Albiero

    March 19, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I have a homework bucket that little girl uses. It has everything she needs to do her work. I check it to make sure it is always stocked but no more running around looking for supplies! #familyfun

    1. Jenny

      March 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      That is a brilliant idea! It is also fun for her to have her little collection of everything she needs, too!

  • Alana – Burnished Chaos

    March 24, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Kids toys definitely take over don’t they. For my two we have a set of 4 clear boxes that are designed for A4 paper. In one we keep blank pieces of paper, in another pens and crayons, in another stickers and bits and pieces like wobbly eyes and pipe cleaners, and in the last one scissors and glue etc. They all stack on top of one another so don’t take up too much room and they can easily be laid out on the table or floor when they want to do some crafting.
    Thank you for joining the #FamilyFunLinky x

    1. Jenny

      March 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      That sounds like a great system! Thank for you reading. 🙂

  • Helena

    March 25, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Loved reading this guest post. We also have an Ikea unit full of the girls toys and craft bits. #FamilyFunLinky

    1. Jenny

      March 26, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Fab, I think Ikea is emerging as a common theme for storage in all the guest posts and comments. What would we do without it?!

  • Alice | Letters to my Daughter

    April 8, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Our living room is always full of toys too, it does my head in! Looking at reorganising my daughter’s room so more toys can be stored in there from now on!

    And congratulations, someone loved this post so much they added it to the #BlogCrush linky! feel free to collect your ‘I’ve been featured’ blog badge 🙂

    1. Jenny

      April 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Wow, that is super, thank you! Yes, storage always an issue with kids’ toys!

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