I woke up the day after Christmas and realized my house had exploded with Christmas presents! We were all blessed with nice new things from our family, and these new treasures needed a home in our home if you know what I mean!
Believe me, an orderly home helps create a happy home.
By no means is order the only ingredient to a happy home…there are lots more like love and forgiveness, and the list could go on and on!
Children actually play with their toys when they are organized. No one wants to play with a pile of junk where nothing can be found!
For me, it’s important to have organization, but children should feel comfortable playing and feel “at home” without the fear of always wrecking the house.
I have had to learn the balance of this and am still learning, and for me, that means simplifying, selling things to make more room for the kids, and putting some things out of sight.
We had a fabulous but very busy Christmas with church programs, family gatherings, and a piano recital, so I woke up on the tired side the day after Christmas but knew the best solution was to begin with one room at a time. I began cleaning out the craft drawers, a closet, my desk, and a bookshelf. Then it was on to the children’s rooms. I did an Internet search for pictures of organized toys, and more than a few of the pictures look like no one ever plays with the toys…just too picture perfect, but I did find some functional ideas as well!
Some of the children’s gifts have lots of little pieces, so I texted my husband and asked him to pick up some plastic organizational containers on his lunch break. He bought four plastic containers and a set of plastic drawers, so we were able to organize things like cars, trains, puzzles, blocks, etc. I have used storage cubes for organizing in the past, and we still use these, but the plastic containers with lids are a nice improvement for certain toys.
By the time the babies’ rooms were finished, I had two piles…one for the consignment sale and one for a future yard sale, so those items went to the designated storage bins. Overall, I felt much better when I went to sleep, but there is still a lot to do this week. Here are some of my goals…
1. Complete regular house cleaning and laundry. (…in progress and never ending!)
2. Clean out the vehicle. (Oh dear…It needs a good vacuum!)
3. Take down and organize the Christmas decorations.
(Read A Simple Christmas.)
4. Organize the music closet.
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