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Laura Brooks from Sewing Makes Me Happy is stopping by to share more great tips this month (be sure to check out her post on Pillow Case Crafts). I know I, for one, have trouble keeping after my kids to keep their things organized; so these tips will come in handy for me. I hope you enjoy them also. ~Heidi
Keeping track of your children’s stuff can be a time consuming venture. Toys, especially, can be hard for kids to clean up, and the sheer number that many children have make quick and efficient cleanup nearly impossible.
I’ve put together a few ways that you can make your clean up times go a bit quicker by making just a few changes to your kid’s stuff and where you store it.
Add Labels to Clothing
Folding and sorting clothes, especially if you have multiple children is a time consuming process. You can sew in labels to your kid’s clothes to make this process fly by.
Sew all of the names in the same place, and you’ll be flying through your folding and sorting in no time. Custom woven labels that you just have to sew or iron onto your child’s clothing are an easy way to label their clothes.
As a bonus they allow for easy identification if a child misplaces something at school, etc. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Add Pictures to Storage Bins
If you’re dealing with a kid who hasn’t learned to read yet, it’s time to bust out the pictures. Having pictures on baskets, drawers, and other storage spaces helps your child know where his toys go.
Make the picture big, and laminate it. That way, they can just look at the shelf or the bin, and know what kind of toy goes in it.
In no time, you’ll be getting the help you need from them to help expedite the cleaning process. You’ll also be instilling good values by helping them clean up after themselves, providing a sense of self-accomplishment.
Label Your Kid’s Backpack
Let’s face it: backpacks get lost. As a teacher, I see kids accidentally switch backpacks all the time. By labeling your child’s backpack in an inconspicuous way, you can know that your child is taking home their backpack almost every time.
Even if you’re child isn’t school aged, when they leave behind their bag at the children’s museum, it’s much easier for staff to find the owner of a backpack that is labeled. I read on the Wunderlabel blog about all the interesting things you can have custom made, like fabric labels.
Fabric labels can be personalized with a name and phone number and easily be sewn or ironed on (because we all know there are definitely more than one Disney princess backpack out there!)
I’d strongly suggest sewing the label in a place that isn’t visible to someone walking by, but is still easily found if the backpack is lost. Large print on the inside of the first pouch of the backpack or underneath the handle is usually easy to find, but not easy to see while your child is walking around.
Give Your Child Their Own Labeled Items
Giving your child their own labeled chairs, stools, and tools serves two purposes. First, your child will have ownership over their items, and you will be able to expect them to put them away.
Also, you’ll cut down fights in your home if you have more than 2 children. It’s hard to argue over a chair when it has someone’s name on it.
Some foresight and thought, and a little bit of paint and printer ink can make your life much simpler. Follow these 4 steps, and you’ll shorten your cleaning time, saving you headaches and allowing you more time to play with your kids. Who doesn’t want that?
Laura Brooks blogs at sewingmakesmehappy.com and writes about sewing. Sewing has been a positive influence on Laura’s life and she wants the same for others. Follow along with her as she blogs about the great benefits of sewing.