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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Clutter Becomes Storage?

Just for fun - thought you might enjoy taking a look at a line of products that provide a hiding place for your valuables in plain view. Developed by Yi-Ting Cheng, a Taiwanese design student residing in London.  

Secret Stash from yiting cheng on Vimeo.

Color-Coding Toys

Even though your child may have a place for everything, he may not remember where it is, even if it is labeled. So here's another way to help keep things neat: color-coding.

Using a blue permanent marker, place a blue dot on the back of each piece of a puzzle. Even if the puzzle is not put together, your child knows the pieces go in the clear shoe box with the blue dot on it.  And so on for other toys that may be confusing to place.

If your children get their toys confused, assign a color to each child and place an additional dot on their toys. Bobby's toys always have an orange dot in addition to the other dot that shows where they live.

I did this with socks as well, especially if I bought the same socks for both girls. They each had a color, and we marked dots on all their socks so it was easier to match socks on laundry day. 

More on toys:
Teaching Children to Organize
 Organizing Legos - Or Not
Helping Your Child Declutter Toys Before Christmas