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.

4 Activities for Moms and Kids That Lighten the Mood During the Pandemic

Guest Blogger, Rachelle Wilber

This has been a tough year for all sorts of people, and your family is likely feeling the strain. With normal activities canceled and the pandemic bringing a constant sense of unease, you might be finding it hard to lighten the mood. This is especially problematic if you have young children. Despite all the madness swirling in the adult world around them, kids are simply trying to enjoy their childhoods. You can do them a big favor by finding fun activities to cheer them up and bring some sunshine into their lives. While countless outings could do the trick, these four activities are particularly worth considering.

Have a Picnic

Even in the winter, you can bundle up and enjoy the pleasures of eating a meal in the great outdoors. This is a perfect pandemic activity because you can do it away from other people. It’s a big world out there, and you’re sure to find some patch of grass where you can stay properly socially distanced. Bring the kids’ favorite toys, and your lunch could turn into a memorable afternoon.

Visit a Pharmacy

When typical attractions are closed, it’s on parents like you to find unique sources of entertainment. Pharmacies are about much more than pills and medications. Between bulk packages of candy, holiday-themed decorations, and an assortment of toys, there’s plenty in your average pharmacy that will get kids excited.

Go for a Hike

Hiking is an especially great activity because it is both fun and active. Your kids probably have lots of pent up energy from spending so much time cooped up indoors, and they’ll enjoy being able to blow off some steam out on the trail. They’ll also benefit from substituting a bit of fresh air and nature for their typical pandemic-era screen time.

Have a Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are almost as much fun for a parent to prepare as they are for kids to carry out. All you need for this activity is an outdoor space (a park will work if you don’t have a yard) and a handful of household items. You’ll get a kick out of hiding your belongings, and the kids will get a real thrill from the hunt.

With a bit of creativity, you can still have plenty of family fun during the pandemic. These activities are proven hits among kids and adults alike.

Author Bio

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Helping kids get comfortable wearing a mask during COVID-19

Many communities are strongly recommending children and adults to wear masks while out in public. Here are some quick tips to help your kids cope with this new change.

  • Explain what COVID-19 is in simple language that they can understand.
  • Provide opportunities to play and get comfortable with the mask.
  • Give lots of choices.
    • Materials to use
    • Color and design options
    • Decorating
  • Validate their emotions and normalize them.
    • “It is frustrating that we have to wear masks.”
    • “I’m sad too that we have to do this.”

Here is a fun Mask Coloring Page that can also be used to help kids cope with this new experience. If your child has to go to the doctor, they will see medical providers wearing similar protective masks. This is an Activity Sheet that can prepare kids while providing opportunities to feel validated.

Animal coloring sheet created by Sarah Nunnally
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