40 Smart Tricks To Keep Your Kids Organized
No promises your kids will oblige, though.
1. Attach old planter baskets to the side of the sandbox for easy toy storage.
2. Label aluminum buckets so it's easy to pick out what they want to play with that day (and put it away afterward).
3. Install a curtain rod with clip shower curtain rings to turn costume storage into wall art.
4. The same trick also works for princess dresses.
5. Or, you can build a little costume closet that features a built-in catch-all bin.
6. Store Legos in wire drawers, by color.
7. OR put together this cool Lego table with a couple of plastic drawer units and big sheets of building board.
8. Keep minifigure madness at bay with a storage wall that's also a display.
9. Glue some extra building board to the top of pencil boxes to make it easy to bring Legos on the road.
10. Give each card game a designated plastic box.
11. And each puzzle a designated pencil bag.
12. Stack bigger board games vertically, either in a storage ottoman or in a drawer.
13. Organize action figures in an over-the-door shoe caddy.
14. And (maybe the most classic of all over the door shoe caddy tricks) Barbies.
15. Hang a swath of tulle from Command hooks to create a stuffed animal perch.
16. Keep last minute shoe-searches to a minimum ~and~ make sure everyone always knows when grandma's coming with this calendar/shoe caddy combo.
17. Install a backpack and homework command station for each kiddo.
18. Or hang seat sacks on the back of their homework chairs.
19. Put together a pretty supply box that holds everything they might need for their homework projects.
20. Or, keep it all in a chalkboard art caddy.
21. Save time on school mornings by asking your child to pick out their outfits for the week every Sunday.
22. Or, paint door hangers with chalkboard paint so you can keep track of what activities the day's clothes will have to endure.
23. Or, just print out these free templates.
24. Give everyone an interactive to-do list using old baking sheets.
25. Or, set up a similar system using clip boards and clothes pins.
26. Put together a chore board if your chores change regularly.
27. Or just print out this chore chart checklist template.
28. Make your kids some under-bed drawers to help make it easy for them to put their toys away.
29. Paint the outside of each under bed drawer with chalkboard paint so as the kids grow you can re-label the drawers.
30. Give hair clips a pretty place to live, which just might inspire your child to put them away.
31. Try the same trick with an empty photo frame.
32. Create more storage and rod space with a stacked unit like this one.
33. Designate a "crap bucket" for each kid, so you can drop stuff in that they need to put away.
34. Give your child their own trash bin for long road trips.
35. Mount an extra tension shower rod right next to the bathtub and use s-hooks to hang plastic baskets.
36. Give everyone their own designated cup, toothpaste, and toothbrush.
This parent Velcroed them to the wall, too, so they're easy to grab and put away.