Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Regain a Sense of Organization Using Playroom Labels

Thank you to Kidecals for providing complimentary product samples for us to complete this toy organization project. All opinions expressed are my own.

I am a firm believer that everything should have a place and that, if I go through the trouble of making sure something has a place, then our children should be able to clean up their toys 100% at the end of the day.  Unfortunately, they just do not seem to grasp that logic.  For example, a couple of years ago, my husband and I bought a basic wired baker's rack type shelving and filled it with plastic bins about the size of shoeboxes plus some larger ones.  We helped the children separate their toys into each bin and felt pretty great about how organized all their small toys were.  This feeling did not last long though . . .

It did not take long for us to realize that our children were not putting the toys back in the right bins even though they could see what was inside each bin.  At the time, we just tried to police it, which was exhausting.  Now that our 6 year old twins can read, I am able to clearly label each bin, so that they cannot claim to put something in the wrong place accidentally.

Today's Project:  Small Toy Organization

Plastic Storage Bins (shoebox size or larger)
Custom Playroom Labels (2 sheets per carousel)

Step 1.  Make a list of items you need to keep organized.  Then visit Kidecal's Playroom Labels product page to create your labels.  Each sheet of labels comes with 6 large labels to use on the plastic bins and 12 small labels to use on the carousel organizer.  Each field corresponds to a label in the preview, so you can see what the final labels will look like.  If you are really organized, you can color code your labels so that all red labels belong to one child and all yellow ones belong to another.  (I am not that organized.)  These labels are both dishwasher and laundry-safe, so they will work on both smooth surfaces and on fabrics, such as canvas.

Step 2.  After you have assigned a toy category for each plastic bin, carefully place the larger labels on the correct bins.  If you need to reposition them, you will need to remove them immediately before the adhesive sets.

Step 3.  After you have decided what should go in each pocket on the carousels, place the correct small label on each pocket.  Try to plan ahead.  For example, it seemed to make more sense to put the Barbie dolls on the bottom tier since they were the tallest of all the small toys.

Step 4.  This is the toughest part of this project.  Get your children to put everything in the empty bins and pockets.  I think if they do the work of finishing this project themselves, they may be more motivated to keep everything organized.  (Of course, this is just a theory.)

The things I liked most about these Playroom Labels are that they are easier to read than any labels I've ever made with a label maker, I could be as specific or as general as I wanted with the labels (ex. Action Figures vs. Star Wars Figures), and the labels stick amazingly well on fabric, even on the extremely wrinkled canvas pockets.  Each sheet of 18 custom waterproof and laundry-safe labels sells for $15.00 plus there is Free Shipping on all orders.

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  1. Those are great labels now that the twins can read.

    slehan at juno dot com

  2. What a great idea! I too love things in their place and it drives me crazy when they're not. I think I need this for my daughters bathroom with all her make-up, etc. Seriously, she is not too organized with some of her things and this would make it lots easier...I think!

  3. WOW! This seems like a lot of work! I hope it helps with the organization!

  4. @Sandy VanHoey: You can do the same thing easily for your daughter's make-up and other beauty and hair supplies. You can use over-the-door shoe organizers the same way also.

  5. @Kimberly Dsouza: It actually was not a lot of work setting the system up. Putting everything where it goes the first time is a lot of work. You'll notice that some of the pockets are still empty and my children are still working on it. :)

  6. What great ideas for organization. Our biggest problem is too much stuff LOL. I do know that it could be more organized than it is though.

  7. What a neat idea! Now kids can learn to read when they want to play!

  8. These are some great organization ideas. I particularly like the carousel idea.

  9. I love all of the clear bins! You can see everything right at your fingertips! Love it.


  10. These are great organization solutions, very cute and easy to navigate to get to what you what. Love these so much! Very cool!

  11. I plan to put labels on the storages in my youngest room when we start preschool. Right now she knows where her belongings go but I believe with Labels it will improve her reading other things as well. -


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