March 23, 2012

5 Ways To Organize Kid Stuff

So after last week's post letting you all know I wanted the challenge of finding five ways to make life easier, I received a comment from mrs. monica at Running Through Parenthood... In Heels asking if I could find ways to help her out!
 I need a better way to organize snacks, sippy cups, plates, bottles, puffs, etc...for two kids at very different stages. I also need garage organization help!
Hopefully by lumping all of this together in place, she can find the tools she needs to solve her problems!

I found two great ways to help her organize kid snacks; in our house we have a concept similar to this for "dry snacks" using an old box from Costco that held pudding cups, but I definitely need to put these to use in the fridge for cold stuff like string cheese, apple sauce, and jello!
Snack Boxes

This first one is similar to what our family does to keep kid-friendly snacks like pretzels, granola bars and goldfish crackers contained in one area. If you're not afraid of portioning them out ahead of time, this makes a great way to see what you have and what you need more of. Plus, it's easier for the big kids to grab what they need without rifling through the whole pantry!

This is a great way to organize all of those refrigerated snacks that kids love. A box like this can be bought a dollar store for cheap, sometimes you can even get them 2 for $1.00! Definitely a way to keep those Go-Gurts from falling through the backs of the shelves!

Kids Dishes and Flatware

I love this idea and wish I had the slide-out shelves to do it! Bins like these can be bought on the cheap, and if you can't find these ones, why not use plastic shoe boxes! Another thing you could use could be your leftover shoe boxes covered in contact paper to match your kitchen shelf liners or even boxes you get from items being shipped to you!

I like this one because it's easy for the big kids to reach in and get their own stuff ready for meals. They can see what's there and can pick what they want. If you don't have the space for these in a cabinet, why not try using one of those plastic rolling carts that can be hidden away under a cute table cloth?
Kid Stuff in the Garage

Lots of families these days are looking for more and more ways to be frugal, especially when it comes to their kid's clothing and toys. If you're saving your older child's clothes and toys for hand-me-downs, this is a great way to store and label everything. I love this idea because it keeps everything stacked neatly, and you won't have to hire a weight  lifter to move the boxes on top when you need to get into the one on the bottom!

Thanks for the challenge mrs. monica and hope you're able to put these ideas to good use!

If you have a problem that you need a solution to, let me know in the comments below. Happy Friday!


  1. These are great ideas!! I know what I'll be working on this weekend...

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  3. Love it!!! Thanks for the help. When we get back from vacay, I'm becoming an organizing fool!


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