Ok this post is a bit of a cheat…I did it last month and it’s not in my home. But it is organizing and I wanted to catch up on posts for you. In addition, since I’m spending so much time on our basement for the challenge, I wanted to show you some alternative spaces. The shelves and some of the other furniture and toys were from my home and my daycare, and are reflective of how I have organized my childcare space in the past. I still do childcare but only for a couple kids now, so I have purged quite a bit and am going more minimalist these days.
I teach Jazzercise and we recently moved locations. I had one more assignment to complete for my professional organizing certification, and asked my friend that owns Jazzercise if I could organize the childcare space as my final assignment. She agreed, and I had a lot of fun with it!
I wish I had pics of the previous location, but as I tend to do, I failed to get before’s. There were several bigger toys on wood utility shelves, some books and other toys on metal cubes (that tended to fall apart), and plastic drawers with random smaller toys. There was a small plastic table that had seen its better day (used to be mine as well), and when kids colored on it, the toddlers would come and grab/eat crayons. My goals for the new space were:
- Offer a variety of toys that would safe for all age groups
- Remove “random” toys in favor of sets of things that went together
- Storage that would make clean-up and organization easier, including labels with pictures
- An overall clean and tidy appearance
- A table for children to color on that was out of reach of little hands
- Organized and hidden storage for supplies like diapers, wipes, etc.
This repurposed Pampered Chef Tool-Turn-About made a great crayon caddy. Previously we had crayons (mostly broken) in an ice cream bucket. There were a ton, which meant potentially a lot of clean-up, and it was tough for kids to find the color they wanted. I grabbed some from our large stash at home, limiting to about 10 or so of each color family. Using washi tape, I decorated the sides so the kids knew where each color goes and to liven it up a bit. I also added pencils and stencils in the taller compartments.
I also donated our larger cube shelves. While I’ve used these in so many ways and love them, again, I needed to get rid of STUFF. The cubes were also mine and there were just enough for what we needed. I corralled toys that Jazzercise already had, along with some that I donated, and labeled each bin (more on that in a bit). The open shelves hold books and larger toys.