Organizing the Playroom Like a Pro

Organizing a playroom like a pro

I’m excited to share this post written by Barbara Reich, Professional Organizer & Author, “Secrets of an Organized Mom.”  I think you’ll love it!  I’ll turn it over to her now.

The playroom. We all know it’s an integral part of our children’s lives, but it’s also that scary room with the clutter, the unidentifiable pieces, and the funny sounds that emerge even when the kids have been asleep for hours.

You do not have to fear your playroom. Just because this is a creative space for your children does not mean that it’s a room without rules. Think of your playroom as a classroom. From the earliest days in preschool your children are taught to clean up. Home shouldn’t be any different. Before you can instill these classroom like philosophies in your home you need to set up the infrastructure to make it easy and natural. Here are some easy rules and steps to follow to help make your playroom a livable space in your home.

Group like things together: Walk through the room and begin to group like items together. All of the small animals, all of the matchbox cars, all of the Barbie dolls, and all of the puzzles should be grouped together. Use clear plastic boxes or labeled bins to store the small items that are grouped. This enables your child to find the toys more easily and is more visually appealing than having them scattered all over the room.

Group small toys in clear plastic drawers that slide out. Little hands have a hard time opening boxes with lids, and this provides a sense of order to the little animals, card games, and super hero figurines that young children love to collect.

Label toy containers with both the name of the toy and with a picture. If it works for your children at school it should be no different at home.

Use adjustable shelving that conforms to what you need to store. Over the years, the size and shape of your children’s toys will change (while clothes get bigger, toys get smaller), so make sure your shelves can adapt.

Clutter will expand to the space you allot to it. Instead of focusing on how much more space you need, consider how much more space you’ll have if you discard the toys that are broken and are missing pieces, and the gifts your children have never used.

Throw things out! If there are pieces missing or something is broken get rid of it!

Organizing and the spirit of giving go hand in hand. Ask your child to think about what toys s/he has outgrown and may want to donate to children who are less fortunate.  Begin a tradition of purging several times a year (before birthdays, holidays, and the end of school). Not only does it teach your child about giving to others, but it results in extra shelf space before big influxes of toys.

About Barbara Reich:

Barbara Reich is a nationally recognized organizing expert who has appeared on the Today Show, Inside Edition, Fox News, and New York 1 and has been featured in the New York Times, New York Post, Real Simple, InStyle, People StyleWatch, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, AARP Magazine, and O Magazine among other publications. She is also the author of Secrets of an Organized Mom.   She lives in NYC with her husband, teenage twins and dog. More information about Barbara and her organization can be found at ResourcefulConsultants.com or on her Facebook Page.

LeapFrog’s LeapTV Game System

Disclosure: I did receive this gaming system from LeapFrog to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

LeapFrog-TV

Do you like to have the latest gadgets?  If so, you’ll want this new educational game for your kids.  Most kids love video games, right?  Well LeapTV has a great little innovative product that really combines learning with video games.  Plus, it even involves elements of physical activity.

LeapFrog LeapTV

About LeapTV:

  • Gets minds and bodies moving
  • Educational, active video gaming system
  • Built just for kids ages 3-8
  • Three ways to play (body motion, classic control, and pointer – like a wand!)
  • Library of 100+ educator-approved games and videos that teach skills from reading to mathematics (sold separately)
  • From LeapFrog, the award-wining creator of educational entertainment

LeapPad Review

My daughter enjoys LeapFrog’s educational books, flash cards, games, toys, and videos.  She LOVES her LeapPad!  When our LeapTV came in the mail she was very excited to give it a try.

LeapTV Games

Both of the games we received looked really fun but right away she was most interested in the Dance & Learn.  She’s been dancing along with me to one of my Just Dance games….and she’s adorable.  I’ll have to video her sometime!  This was right up her alley.  Dancing and learning combined!  This video focused on building vocabulary, phonics, the alphabet, and compound words.  This is perfect for the stage she’s at too because it featured some review (the alphabet) and some new concepts too (compound words).  I’m always impressed at how well LeapFrog’s products build off each other.

LeapTV Review

What I love most about this system is that it gets little people’s minds and bodies working together in a fun new way!  The needed coordination, quick thinking, and rhythm make this an exciting and interactive system.

LeapTV

Do you think the LeapTV is perfect for a child you know?  You can check out more about this educational gaming system at leapfrog.com. I can tell you, it’s one of my top toy recommendations for Christmas.  I highly recommend it!  LeapTV retails for $149.99 and is available at Walmart, Toys R Us, Target, and online at leapfrog.com and amazon.com.

LeapTV Animal Salon

Prince Lionheart’s Wheely Bug Review

I’m here to tell you about the CUTEST, most adorable little mouse you ever did see!  Do you think Cinderella’s mice friends were cute?  Well, they may be but let me tell you, they’ve got nothing on this mouse.

Wheely Bug!

Seeeeee!  I told you so.  : )  This mouse is a Wheely Bug from Prince Lionheart.  They gave one to my daughter to try out and she absolutely adores it.  She’s had it now for several months and it’s still a toy she plays with daily.  She’ll bring it food to eat, sit on it to draw or read, and of course she enjoys riding it around our house.

She enjoys riding it so much that I had a very difficult time snapping a picture with her on the mouse where she wasn’t moving.  Even when she reads or draws on it she’ll scoot around a little at a time.

Wheely Bug

Here’s a picture I managed to take while she held still for a few seconds.  Aren’t the mouse ears a fun touch?  I think they’re technically supposed to be in front of the handlebar but she likes to move them behind sometimes…and put hair bows on them.

Not only does my daughter love her little mouse but I do too.  It’s a quiet toy that helps her be active and use her imagination.  That’s a big win in this mama’s book!  It’s a classic toy that’s built well to last a long time.  I imagine her kids will be able to play with this one day.  It’s base is made of wood and the mouse itself is covered in a soft but sturdy material called PU.  That’s a poly synthetic, man made, leather that’s waterproof for easy clean up (from the inevitable spills that come from having a toddler).  It’s multidirectional castors are perfect to help her take laps around our living room with ease.

Riding Wheely Bug

Check out the mouse’s cute tail as my daughter rides away!

The Wheely Bug is a simple toy that gets hours of use in our home and I highly recommend it to anyone with a little one.  They come in two different sizes:

  • – Small 15″ L x 9″ W x 8 ¾ ” H (seat) for 1.5 yrs + ($69.99)
  • – Large 18 ½ ” x 11″ x 10 ½ ” for 3yrs + ($79.99)

Click here to go to Prince Lionheart to take a look for yourself!

Little Tikes Backyard Barbecue Grill Giveaway Ends Aug. 23rd

Little Tikes Backyard Barbecue Get Out 'n' Grill Giveaway

Have you checked out the Little Tikes Backyard Barbecue Get Out ‘n’ Grill?

Adorable toy for your little ones this fall from Little Tikes!

The kit includes a grill with a lid that opens and closes, a sink to the left of the grill and a burner to the right. The side burner has two pegs on the front to hold the included spatula and tongs.  It also has a cute burner cover and clicking dial. There are two clicking dials on the front and one igniter button just like mommy and daddy’s grill.  Plus, there are two shelves in the grill so one shelf can be used for burgers and one for hot dogs…or corn or peppers if your kids get creative.  This set comes with a hot dog and bun, hamburger with bun, and a ketchup bottle.  Other food and accessories are sold separately though.

Danielle from Family Centsability was able to have her kids review this grill and they loved it!  Here’s what she has to say, “My 2 year old is able to use his imagination while my 8 month old loves to climb up against it and grab the individual pieces, which, I might add, are big enough and safe to leave out around him!”  You can check out her full Little Tikes Grill Review to find out more!

Little Tikes Backyard Barbecue Get Out 'n' Grill toy

 

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