My mama friend from Moreland MOPS is letting me post this picture of the schedule one of her kids made that outlines the order in which Daddy hugs and kisses each child good-night.
This way, each of the four children gets a chance to be the first one to get Daddy’s kisses/hugs at night. Nobody feels left out or less loved. How cute is that?
Someone in their family is a born organizer.
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.
I’ll bet you have experienced this dilemma: You have things that need to be put away upstairs in your house, but you don’t want to take the time to walk upstairs. So instead you stack those things on the stairs, promising yourself you will put them away at the end of the day. But sooomehoooow…. those things never seem to make it upstairs. And that pile of stuff grows and grows until it becomes a super effective nighttime ankle-twister/bone-breaker.
So here is a solution I hit on in our house (because organizers can be really lazy about walking up and downstairs too!)
I found these wall pockets at Storables on sale for less than $4 each! Bargain! I got the chalkboard labels at Michael’s Arts and Craft Store (package of 6 for $1.50). Our labels say “Shred,” “Office” and “Nathan’s Room.”
My hubby attached them to the wall. And voila! Our crap is off the stairs and safely tucked away on the wall! And because you can’t fit THAT much stuff in the pockets, it is really easy to simply grab a handful of crap on our way upstairs and put it away.
Full disclosure: I emptied them out so they would look pretty for the picture, but trust me, they are usually full.
You can also get wall pockets at Ikea and Staples. I prefer ones I can see through so stuff doesn’t get hidden inside.
So there you go. Your easy system for ending the piles on the stairs. Happy Organizing!