Tuesday, January 1, 2013

* Get Organized For the New Year! What to do with Kid's Toys, Art Supplies, School Papers and More...

The Pink and Green Mama house has been stuffed to the gills all month with Christmas decorations, food, crafts, out of town relatives, family, friends, and gifts! Now we are settling back into a normal routine and cleaning up the house to enjoy a quiet and reflective new year. I always like to work on organization and streamlining projects around the house in the month of January. A bit of out with the old (hello Freecycle and Goodwill!), re-arrange the old to make it feel new (I love to rearrange rooms, closets, and baskets),and find homes for new toys and stuff that arrived with the holidays. Organizing and de-cluttering have always been two of my favorite things (in addition to nesting, arts and crafts, gardening, and cooking yummy homemade food)

Today I'm rounding up some highlights from posts over the past 5 years to share some 
of my favorite organizing tips and tricks from around our house, playroom, and art studio.
I hope it inspires you or helps you think of new ways to rearrange toys, craft supplies,
or memories in a way that is easy, affordable, and completely do-able. You don't have to do it all in one day. As I like to say, organizing my house is like eating an elephant, I can only do it one tiny bite at a time! 

Here are my TOP 12 Organization Posts
* Tame the Playroom Clutter *
* Organize Those Toys and Collections! *
* Tame the School Paper Messes * 
* Eliminate Magazine Piles *
* Corral Art  and Craft Supplies *

This post is a mini tour of some of our successful kid-friendly spaces in our home. 
What works best in our house is to use a classroom model. 
All of our spaces are:
Kid-Friendly, Proportional, Accessible, and Organized.

My labeled basket and bin system that we've used for the past 5 years in our playroom.
Easy for friends, pre-readers, and babysitters to know where everything is
and most importantly how to clean it all up again!

This post shares how I organized my own Barbie Doll clothes when I was 
a little girl in a set of big binders. The girls love this system!

This is what we do with our American Girl Doll-sized clothing, 
accessories, and baby doll clothes. 

Who knew a bean bag slip cover would be Mommy's favorite organizing trick?!
Out of sight but accessible. Helps with the dust.

This post highlights our daughter's Rocks, Minerals, and Fossil Collection
and....for a homemade eco-friendlystorage solution try

These boxes hold collections of tiny things in our house like coins, shells,
novelty erasers, Bakugans, Marbles, etc...

When everything you need for a project is in one place,
it's much easier to sit down and create something when inspiration strikes!

We use a "color box" system that I used in my art classroom
and a magazine holder box system for easy kid access. 

An easy to maintain system for keeping all of those school photos,
awards, and special memories at your fingertips. 

Why not set up a letter writing center for your kids?
It's a great way to write thank you notes and get teach the lost art of letter writing.

One line a day, how easy is that? Just think how many 
memories and little moments of your children's lives you can capture this way?!
Mine is on my bedside table.

I've used this binder system for my ridiculous magazine habit 
for the past 10 years and it still works like a charm! 

Here's to a happy, healthy, and organized 2013!

Pink and Green Mama

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