Are Your Child’s Toys Cluttering Your Home? How to Maximize Your Home’s Storage Space

Guest Blogger, Brooke Chaplan

Toys will clutter your home until children are trained to put them away tidily. You should find toy organization products that will help you put toys away quickly and easily and accommodate the needs of your children as they grow.

Plastic Bins with Lids

Clear plastic bins with lids are inexpensive ways to store toys and put them away quickly. You can label each bin based on the activity. You can label one bin for crafts or coloring or other activity. This will help you put the toys or other objects in the proper box and find them easily when you need them. You can stack these bins and save space. Different labels can be used as the child grows and activities change. Storage for children should not only be for immediate use but future-friendly. These plastic bins are available at discount stores. You can use them for many years to store toys and other objects.

Pull-out Shelves

Racks with pull-out shelves are useful storage spaces where toys and games can be stored quickly to remove clutter from a room. These racks have pull-out shelves in the form of plastic baskets. Clear plastic baskets will allow your child to find the toy they want easily. They can also learn to organize their toys and find them easily. Some racks come with colorful pull-out bin shelves. These shelves are handy for storing Lego pieces and other crafts. Children can put Lego pieces on different colored shelves correctly and get them out easily when they need them. Pull-out plastic container shelves are safe and your child will not get hurt while taking out or putting their toys.

Wicker Baskets

You can use wicker baskets to maximize the storage space for toys. You can tie tags to label the activity or toy in each basket. Wicker baskets are practical and attractive and hold the child’s growing requirements. You can use the same wicker baskets to store a wide range of objects that the growing child needs. Experts believe that storage products to declutter toys should not only address the immediate needs of children but should store whatever they need as they grow. Wicker baskets can store a wide range of toys and other objects and make a home look attractive at the same time.

Children are not naturally tidy. It takes years of training to make them tidy individuals. Finding low-cost yet practical and attractive ways to organize toys quickly and easily will make toy organizing a stress-free activity for parents.

Is Your Child Nervous About Moving? How to Make the Process Easy for Everyone

Guest Blogger, Brooke Chaplan

Leaving your home and establishing a new one is a life-changing experience. What surprises will pop up? Will your belongings get damaged or lost? What are you forgetting? How do you choose a reliable moving company? How will your children handle the transition? Below are a few steps you can take in order to make your move less stressful.

Create a Basic Action Plan

Keep a list of questions and concerns. You can find some local moving services by asking trusted friends, looking up companies online, and making phone calls. Visit each office to check out what they offer, how they talk to you, how flexible they are, how clean their place is, and their understanding of how much the upcoming move will impact your family.

Relying on Professional Movers

Local movers know how much the personal touch matters. They recognize that children experience moving differently from adults because they don’t fully understand what is going on and normally depend on grownups to problem-solve and keep them safe. Roller coaster emotions are going to be normal, especially for your children, so don’t be shy apologizing if you lose your composure!

Make Necessary Preparations

Kids know when something’s going on, so don’t be secretive about the move. Children need to feel included, not excluded. Share information with older children in advance. Let younger children know later, and keep it simple.

You can even consider creating a family scrapbook for everyone to share the experience. Give each child a small box for personal belongings to carry on the trip and let them decorate their boxes with stickers.

Your children will feel more secure if you pack their rooms last. Clearly label their items for quick access. Many children feel reassured being given simple tasks to help.

Whenever possible, include your pets in the moving process. Helping your child clearly understand that their pets are being carefully moved will help put them at ease. Pets will be therapeutic in helping your kids adjust as well.

If possible, arrange a visit to the new home so everyone can imagine themselves living there, and provide photos. For closure, visit favorite places and people together. Enjoy a comfortable dinner or a simple goodbye party so the moving process is positive.

On The Way

On moving day, have a caretaker or family member stay with your kids while you handle last-minute details. Make sure that your children have access to interesting picture books, reading material, their favorite music, or games. Making sure that the trip to your new home is exciting will help them stay relaxed about the situation.

Author Bio

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

Helping My Kids Cope with a Learning Difference

I was honored to be featured as a podcast guest with Child Life on Call. This is my second appearance and the focus was on supporting my children through their learning differences of ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and coping with anxiety.

Like many, parenting through the pandemic and adapting to distance learning wasn’t easy. My youngest, Blake struggles with dyslexia and dysgraphia. He was doing really well in school and with outside support prior to the lockdown. As soon as he had to go online to finish his second-grade year, his confidence went down the tubes.

I also witnessed my oldest, Gavin who has dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and struggles with anxiety become overwhelmed with his middle school curriculum online.

As a parent, I have had to learn to navigate the special education road. Learning terms like Individual Educational Plan (IEP),  baseline assessments, and understanding my children’s legal educational rights. 

Take a listen to our story and share it with others who are coping with learning differences.

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