Big Brother has been dreaming of the day when he could once again have his own room. As the boys have gotten older, we've discovered that the personalities of our 7-year-old and our 5-year-old aren't really conducive to them sharing a room, so we decided to switch things around and see how they go for awhile. Currently, our 5 and 2-year-old are sharing a room, our 7-year-old has his own room, and our 1-year-old is in the sitting room off the master bedroom (not an ideal situation, but he still doesn't sleep through the night reliably).
Getting and keeping all four boys organized has been one of my biggest goals for this year and I thought I would share some of our simple solutions as we're working toward that goal.
My main thought during this process has been to SIMPLIFY as much as possible! We are constantly decluttering toys and trying to streamline our routines.
For example, we have our Morning Routine posted to the back of Big Brother's door. These were originally in the room that he shared with his 5-year-old brother, but he loved them so much he asked to keep them. They have pictures for each step so that even my 2-year-old can follow along.
Photo Courtesy of California Closets
I also keep a supply of baby clothes/toys ready for baby showers and birthdays in this closet. The top of the closet holds baby blankets, extra quilts, and a handful of "just in case" presents that really need to find a new home.
I keep totes in the bottom of the closet to store clothes as the boys outgrow them. As the totes fill up, I label them and take them to our storage room in the basement where they'll wait until the next child needs them. I know many people who don't like to hold on to this extra "clutter", but since I KNOW that we'll be using them again in the near future, it makes sense for us to hold on to these boxes. I can't tell you how much money we've saved by "shopping our basement".
For his books, we repainted an old bookcase and added some baskets from my old classroom days. He likes to organize his books by series and keeps his library books in one basket. Having the books displayed this way also makes him more likely to pick them up because he can see their covers. It's also easy for the boys to pick them out and put them back in. The bottom shelf holds his journals and larger books. To complete his reading corner we added a comfy rocking chair courtesy of our wonderful neighbors.
I also picked up a cheap cubby organizer to house our mittens, hats, and scarves this winter with the hopes that it will save us from digging through the foyer basket and keep them from being scattered all over the living room.
I repainted a small coat stand from my Mother-in-law and placed it in the foyer for the boys to keep their jackets and shoes. It has done wonders for my stress level just to have the jackets and backpacks off the floor.
I'm looking forward to the day when our youngest will move out of our sitting room and we can reclaim that space. Once that happens, we'll be looking for lots of home office design ideas. Until then, I'm just going to keep finding ways to make things run smoother as a family of 6!
If you're looking for more ways to get organized, I hope you'll check out our Organized Living with Kids series for lots of simple tips and ideas! You can also keep up with our recipes, kids crafts, and daycare activities by following us on our Facebook or Pinterest pages or signing up for emails!