Organising Resources-Guest-The Willow Tree
The third and final instalment today, in the Organising Resources series. I have loved sharing all of the ideas so far, and welcome to Michelle from The Willow Tree today- thank you for joining us!
Hi i’m Michelle (better know as Shel) from The Willow Tree and I am a mama to three children. I am currently on maternity leave with my youngest who is soon to be one and in my spare time I am often off to soft play, baby groups, holding play dates and trying to grab a hot coffee when I can!
I am extremely lucky to have a playroom in our home. Its not very big but perfect for what it needs to be – a place for the children to play, make mess and relax in. My children age from age 7 down to 11 months so I wanted to make sure this room met all their needs. We’ve got a small seating area for my eldest to relax on when he plays on the Wii or watch TV and a small table for my 3 year old to do her crafts and play dough at. My 11 month old is currently crawling here there and everywhere so he will come and go as he pleases!
I have to say the 9 box storage unit can be difficult to keep tidy – its accessible to the youngest so often toys get pulled out of their boxes and then things get misplaced or put somewhere where it shouldn’t be. Its great in one sense as my children can help themselves to they toys stored here but it can quickly get unorganised and messy and often I can just throw things in the boxes without order. I’ve recently spent some time sorting through the boxes and organised them into categories to keep it in check which for the past week has worked – hurrah! For example, one box contains Mr Potato head and all his accessories, one box contains cars/push alongs etc. Since doing this, I am finding that the children can tidy up easier as they know which box contains which. Its also refraining me from just chucking any old toy in any box!
Theres’ an area in my lounge that contains my baby sons walker, entertainment table and a small box of toys. As we are often in the lounge when the older two children are at school I wanted this to be easily accessible for him, but it can build up and every so often i’ll need to have a sort out as toys get put into the box that don’t need to be in there.
I get inspiration from websites such as Ikea and The Little Trading company as these websites sell such handy storage units and boxes. I find that Homesense and TK Maxx have the cheapest storage bags which come in handy for keeping larger items/toys in. Ive have three of these – one in the playroom, one in the lounge and one in the baby’s room and i love them!
With my little boy at home with me all day I like to ensure toys don’t build up and get left around the home. During each of his nap times (once in the morning and once in the afternoon) I will completely tidy all of his toys up that we have had out ready to start again with some fresh different toys when he wakes. I find alternating his toys keeps his attention and rotating them from room to room (lounge/playroom/bedroom) keeps him entertained for longer. I also find there is less to tidy away at the end of the day as I have not let the toys build up during the day.
I find the the large storage bags super handy as they store loads and do not take up much space. I also love the cubed storage units with boxes as you can hide away some toys and keep areas looking neat and tidy. I’ve found some great small plastic containers to keep pencils/chalks tidy and not get mixed up together. Putting jigsaws into clear sealed bags is a great space saver!
With my eldest, he prefers his toys to be in his bedroom but I’ve also found that he needs less storage as he often likes to read, play on the computer or draw. Having a desk in his room allows him to do all of these things without making a mess.
I think the entertainment tables are great if your storage is minimal – you can take the legs off if you need to store it flat. I also find the cubed storage units great – ikea have many different designs and some are tall rather that wide so can save on floor space. If there is space under a child’s cot, then the flat storage units that slide underneath are fantastic. More often that not the space under a cot can be wasted so this is great for storage of any kind!
Please find me over at https://the-willowtree.com Thank you so much for reading about my toy storage and I hope I’ve been a help to some! Thank you Rabbit ideas for having me!
Thank you, Michelle!