Remember this post, where I came up with a solution for storing things that need to go upstairs in wall folders instead of in piles on the stairs? Well, Nathan, my 8-year-old future organizer, decided to take matters into his own hands. He came up with this device:
See, throughout the day he puts the things that need to go upstairs in his room in the basket. Then at the end of the day, he walks upstairs just before bedtime, and pulls the basket up. He then puts everything in the basket away and lowers it back down to be filled up again tomorrow.
And in your case you’re wondering what is keeping the basket from falling down, he has weighted the ribbon by tying it around his heaviest Harry Potter book.
The lesson here? If you can get your kids interested in organizing by approaching it as an opportunity to invent something, they just might be a bit more likely to use their newly-invented organizing system to put their toys away. Or at least a parent can hope.