We haven't been able to buy bins and baskets and such, so I've given up the idea of getting organized. Seems things stay where they go better if you have something to put them in. But I don't think that I need to wait till I can buy a bunch of pretty and matching bins or baskets. I found that I have quite a few things that will work well.
|They aren't pretty but they'll do the job.|
The first thing I do is completely empty the shelves, and then keep the munchkins away from the kitchen table. "No, you may not play with anything on the table right now." Seems I've said it quite a few times as they look longingly at the things they haven't played with in weeks.
Next I clean off the shelves and then measure them and draw up a plan.
Then I sort the things from the kitchen table into the shoeboxes, and containers that I have on hand. This is when I find out what my containers will be full of. Today, I have labels of Guitar, Wii Remotes, Computer, Crafts, Coloring, Paints, Office and Star Wars. I will make labels for my boxes today, so I don't forget.
Because I don't know what size of containers I need for each thing, I start by just putting things into a container - not neatly or how I want it, but just in there. Inevitably, I will spend a ton of time making it look nice only to find that I need something bigger.
Now I pencil in where I think the containers will fit best on my plan. I need measurements for that. Also some of the things need to be higher, and some things need to be lower on the shelves - so I need to take that into consideration.
Making the most of today.