November 16, 2012

Project Update: organized toy bins with FREE labels


in this house we seem to regularly adjust organization ideas when it comes to the kids. we do this with the hopes something eventually might stick and that a new/different system will get them as excited as me excited about toy clean-up.

don't let this blog fool you. we are not immune to the complete disaster toys can present.

proof?

remember this pretty little image i shared a few months ago on a tour of the playroom?...

seeeeeee, told you. not perfect over here.

our kids are kids. we are a real family with the same organization struggles as everyone else. with 3 little people growing and learning, there is always room for improvement when it comes to clean-up and respecting our home and items we are lucky enough to have.

on my last large purge of the playroom, i ended up with this set-up in the toy closet...

with 3 very different children at different ages and stages (and don't forget girls and boys play with different toys), we have quite a few toys. the kids and i do purge often, usually when the seasons change or when a birthday or santa is coming. a few months ago when we really tackled the playroom, we funneled most of the toys down into these white mesh bins from the container store. 

(quick update, i wanted to let you know the bins continue to do a great job containing similar groups of toys. still easy for the kids to toss toys into the bins and carry them away using the built-in handles.)

but last week, while cleaning the playroom, our 8 year old asked why i didn't label the bins. like his teachers at school have done. good question, buddy! at the time, i didn't think it was necessary because we can see through the mesh material. however, i understood his question...because we were all frustrated while putting away the toys. it sure would be easier to have a label. 

i did a quick search online and found that better homes & gardens has an awesome selection of FREE printable labels. the wide array is pretty on the eyes too! as soon as i found them, i pinned them for safe keeping and debated over which cute label we would use.

all images are from better homes & gardens...





did i forget to mention these labels are FREE!?

aren't they cute! 

so this week i got to work on the mesh bins. we started by, again, doing a quick purge of the playroom. once the toys were put away, i made a list of bin labels we needed...

in the end, we chose this style...

all of the labels were cut down using my scrap cutter...

pretty colors...

the above label worked perfectly with the laminating pouch size i had on hand (which is 2.5 x 3.5)...

if you have been considering a laminating machine, i have found this scotch version to be excellent...

i don't do a lot of laminating, but when i need to it's easy to set up and the pouches are not too costly.



all done and ready for hole punches...


then, i grabbed the labels, a pair of scissors and some thin ribbon and headed upstairs to the playroom...


love this!...



i could get lost for hours in projects like these....

the end result...

our 8 year old approves...and that's what matters. nooooow, let's see if these pretty little labels help improve our clean-up process. :-) that is the real test.

5 comments:

  1. organised heaven!
    J
    http://lifelovesand.blogspot.ie

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  2. Yes those labels are sweet.great idea from your son. I have just given away ALL of our Fisher Price little people and wooden Thomas sets because my kids no longer play with them. It felt so liberating I can t describe. Most went to church crèches and play groups that are starting up locally.

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  3. I love labels! Thank you for sharing :)
    Hugs

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  4. Love these! With three boys the lego parts are out of control! I'll be featuring this later today.
    XO
    Kristin

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