the post in which you learn just how nerdy i am...

This photo makes my heart sing...the deepest...nerdiest part of me. And that is only the beginning. Part of my "getting ready for baby" quest has involved the obvious task of getting Moses ready for baby, too. I am trying daily to teach him more independence, give him more structure to his day, etc. I have been searching for some time for an answer to the question "What do I do with all of these toys?". We are a family that feels like Moses' toys shouldn't be hidden away...this is his home too, so he should be able to have as easy access to his things as Doug and I do to ours. So I have searched and searched for a solution...baskets-too brittle, canvas totes-too spendy, bookends that I wanted for his books-too expensive. I wanted something toddler proof and boy tough. Enter Lowe's. One of the loves of my life. :) Enter galvanized paint buckets. Around $7 each. :) Now we are talking.
Now just throwing toys into buckets was not enough for me...I needed order. So I whipped up some fabric and vinyl tags. :)
Took a photo of what belonged in each bucket...
...inserted a photo into a tag and attached to the right bucket. :)
Tada!! Function, orderly and cute!
And it doesn't look quite like we run a preschool here. :) While I was there I bought two galvanized tubs as well...filled with all of Moses' board books, they make perfect heavy duty bookends...PLUS Moses can easily put away most of his books. :) So far he treats the buckets like a game...if he finds a stray toy he runs to go figure out what bucket it belongs in.
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This method also helps with another one of my favorite tricks for organizing/cleaning. I take 15-20minutes at a time, twice a day and "reset" the house. Just kind of run through the downstairs (usually my husband is asleep upstairs) and put everything back where it belongs, load the dishwasher, pick up stray toys, shoes, etc...and get the house ready for the next part of the day/morning. We usually make Moses help with this before he goes down for his nap and before he goes to bed for the night. That way I can wake up in the morning to a clean and clutter free house and THAT makes for a good start to my day.
What do you do to help get your day started right?
And here is one of my new items for the shop...granted I did not invent the altered clipboard...however I have yet to find ones like these on Etsy...or otherwise. :) They are sweet little clipboards that are also chalkboards...and I just LOVE them!! :) I have boy friendly designs that are great fun...(I think boys are a little neglected on Etsy)...
And of course there are super sweet girl ones too. :) Love, love! I think they are perfect for taking in the car, using in the stroller or just about anywhere. :)
And here is another reason to call me a nerd. I extended the tissue cozy idea to make a cozy for handi-wipes...aka antibacterial wipes...yes, I am THAT mom who likes to wipe a cart down before I plop my kid into it. :) So those are my two new ideas...and I love them. :)

Hope your day is good and that your week is off to a fresh start!
Don't forget the question:
What do you do to help get your day started right?

xoxo
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19 comments:

Karen said...

ok I'm in- where do I get the buckets? Home Depot? thanks - I am just redoing our playroom and need all the great ideas I can get! :)

Jessica said...

i LOVE how organized you are! :) makes me feel less like an organizational freak! and i LOVE LOVE LOVE the bucket idea. that is tucked away for future family use!

have a nice day! :)

Holly said...

So so fabulously tidy!!!! Have never EVER seen any organizational system so totally cute and functional. Goodness all around...nerdy? Don't think so.

Thanks for yet another fab. post. Nominating you again for TCB. =-)

xoxoxoxo

The Queen's Castle said...

Ugh! Can I rent you for a couple of days?

Kristi said...

Love the buckets! I use plastic bins (Sterilite) from Walmart or Target. The kids are not so great about putting things back in them though. I've heard about putting photos on them. I just put words. Maybe photos would be better. Ella can read them but Miles can't.

One ESSENTIAL thing I got and love is a fabric covered box that zips closed for Ella's doll's clothes. Where else are you supposed to keep doll clothes? I think a cute small suitcase or train case would be good too. I found aforementioned box at TJMaxx.

I also got little baskets to put under a bench in our entryway, one for each child, to put their winter accessories in. We haven't lost anything yet.

Are you planning any other crafts for the clear vinyl? I found some at Joanns in the remnant bin for 80% off the sale price. I'm not sure whether or not I'll use it, so let me know if you are interested via Etsy convo and I will be happy to share. :-)

Anonymous said...

Those buckets & pictures are so cute!!

I do all the organization tips you have mentioned so far - but I never realized I did them! I guess I just never thought about it before. I'm not good at teaching others really like you are or taking a step back and really recognizing what steps I do --- but yet I do have tricks though I never think about them haha.

Did you ever think of being a teacher? Have you noticed you're skilled at teaching?

Thnx for sharing.

R

koryshar said...

The clip boards are too cute! Love the buckets/bins. I don't know if you follow the Joy's Hope blog or not but she took those same buckets/bins and modge podged them with scrap book paper. I did this myself and have also seen some done with fabric as well. Her entry is here: http://www.joyshope.com/2008/07/random-debris.html

If some years down the road you wanted to repurpose the buckets I thought that post would help. Have a great week!

b3designs said...

I love the chalkboard clipboards [since I being an avid clipboard maker myself]. I also just listed a few boy clipboards too, I so agree with the lack of boy items on etsy.
By the way, I used to use galvanized buckets too [we've since outgrown]. I had them on a wood shelf. I ended up gluing felt on the bottom to relieve the scratching. May help you too.

elma said...

That is a wonderful idea. You know when I store stuff in the storage room I put a tag on the outside or on the top to tell me what is in the tote. This is perfect for little ones to learn to put toys away. I have eight chilren and the youngest being four and we allways pick up a couple of times a day. Everyone thinks I clean all day but just organizing and doing it every day really takes no time at all. I just put an old black bookshelve that I bought at an antique store in the front closet for Adrains toys and they are close by but yet organized nicely if the door is left open.

Meg said...

Oh, I just love you! I love this idea. Would you be willing to sell some of those cute tags on etsy to someone who doesn't know a thing about crafting...someone like myself!

Paul & Cheri said...

I so love your blog! Thanks for putting so much of you and yours out there for us to enjoy. Everything from your random tid bits to your music and back again to your art & pictures is a much appreciated fun time. Happy New Year! Thanks for keeping us organized and well entertained.

The Doug said...

I don't think that really shows how nerdy you are. I don't think there are words enough to convey just how nerdy it is you are.

Jeremy said...

hi crystal

looking at this post reminded me of my Aunt Anitra.

I went to her house and she took me down to her basement where it looked like all the crafts from all over the world exploded....the epicenter if you will.

look at what she does with coffee pots:

http://coffee-pot-people.blogspot.com/

hope you guys are well...

Jamie said...

I am loving your blog, it is my great discovery of the day! Beautifully done!
The buckets look so great! You can spray paint them later on if you ever want a new look too! LOVE it! I am trying to figure out how many little matchbox cars would fit into one bucket.
The clipboards are amazing and when I noticed the little chalk holder I think my heart skipped a beat! I will be looking for the boy themed ones on your etsy site!

Marie said...

What a great idea! This reminds me of the buckets that are way over priced at Pottery Barn Kids. Just curious if you also got your shelving at Lowes? I have a ginormous playroom but it is upstairs and has no real walls because of the banister on one side and the bedrooms on the adjacent walls. Any thoughts on how to organize a room like that?

Oh, and in answer to your question...my day always starts of right when I spend quiet time with the Lord.:)

Miss G said...

I make my bed. It helps me start the day off right and makes me oh so much happier to get in it at night. Kelly

Amber said...

I'm been thinking a lot about how to manage all the toys lately. This is such a cute idea. I'm still searching for the right shelf and then I'll decide which containers will work best. I love your picture tags too. That's so great that you're training Moses early. Thanks for sharing all your great tips. I always enjoy reading your blog.

Sara Luke said...

I like this. Now that Christmas is over, our basement looks like some sort of kids' funhouse. We could use some organization!

sara said...

i looove your storage ideas! i have been struggling with the toy overload in our home. off to lowe's today! thanks!

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