Thursday, May 14, 2009

So Organized...

Some would call it obsessive compulsive, some would call it anal, and some would call it just plain organized. I am a VERY organized person and a lot of people ask me how I do it with two kids of my own and watching 2 kids. Let me share my secrets.
First off, I LOVE bins! They keep everything separate and I label it, so my husband knows where to put things back I know what goes in there and where I can find stuff! It is easier to stack bins and buckets onto of each other and it makes things look neater.



These are all my art supplies for the kids art projects...yes, I have a ton of stuff!

As for my invitation business, I have more bins! Each order goes in a bin with the bride or clients name on the bin with the materials to make each invitation/announcement inside the bin.

Part of my 'office'

Onto the playroom where we happen to have an over abundance of toys!
I love shelves and of course bins! Usually my bins are labeled, but we moved and I didn't like that they didn't match anymore, so I am in the process of making new ones with pictures. Putting the name of the toy on the bin, helps my kids learn how to spell and putting a picture right next to the name, helps them to know where to put everything back. When I ran my daycare, I put another picture on the shelf where the bin went, so they also knew where to put the bin back.

Toys galore, but they are in bins, so they are organized. This also helps with toys all over the place. I try and tell the kids, 2 bins out at a time. They are getting better, but still need to be reminded.

Onto the living room toy shelf.
Now I would really love to have frames, and the rest of my African animals, and other 'mommy stuff' on this shelf, but with a 22 month old, 3 1/2 year old, 7 month old (that I watch) and 3 year old (that I watch)...that isn't quite practical. So, I use these awesome fabric bins from Target to hid the toys that are in my living room. (They are usually pushed in to hide the toys.)

Other stuff...
All the bins of the kids old clothes that are too small are labeled with size and gender. All my big plastic bins have labels facing out on the shelf, so I know what is in each box. All the kids art work is in big Huggies diaper boxes labeled with their name. All their baby stuff that I can't get rid of is in a keepsake box in their room.
You might laugh at me, but ask me where anything is in this house and I can tell you right where it is.

Crazy or not, I am a neat freak and very organized, but I don't think that is a bad thing!

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8 comments:

Kristin said...

I'm right there with you. OCD. Even in my classrrom: "Teacher, why are you always doing that?" "Doing what, honey?" "That, cleaning." LOL

Dawn Massey said...

you have so inspired me!!! thank you thank you!!! i am a very very organized person, but my house is in complete chaos right now, adding the fourth baby, completely threw me off. and i am in a frenzy! you have given me ideas and inspiration to get things back in shape around here!!! thanks for sharing! hope you are feeling well!!! any baby updates???

Katie said...

Kel, too funny about having the kids bring out "2 bins" at a time. I was over playing in the new "tent" and chase brought in a bin, daddy said ok fine just one bin in at a time... chase corrected him... "Noooo Daddy, Mommy says we get TWOOO bins" so he went to grab another... HAHAHAHA good laugh.

Meant to be a mom said...

Wow so here in a couple years I will be needing your expertise on how to organize my kids things. I'm sooo not organized, But kids sort of make you have to be. Good job for you.

Emily said...

Definitely not a bad thing! I'm a neat freak and proud of it!

Kristin said...

Girl, I need some help in the organization area! You should be proud. ;)

Laken said...

I am also a very organized person! I feel like I have to be organized to be productive!

DramaCity said...

oK...CAN YOU COME TO MY HOUSE?? I am so not organized. I try to be-but with 5 it just gets back to the mess!

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