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WFMW — Hide Large Desk Calendar On Inside of Guest Closet Door

Posted by infinitygoods on October 23, 2007

With a standard-size calendar our busy family was always running out of room in those tiny squares, plus we were always running back to the kitchen or back to the home office to check where we were going next.

When I hung a large desk calendar on the inside of the guest closet door, our troubles were over! The squares are 2-3 times the size of most wall calendars, and each time we’re ready to walk out the door we can check the schedule for the day.

If while we were out we made an appointment, first thing we do as we put away shoes or backpacks is to add it to the family’s schedule.

Being inside the closet, it doesn’t make the room or hallway look cluttered with yet one more thing.

Our family hasn’t needed a cork board or a white board, but if yours does, there is plenty of room both above and below the calendar for these too.

If your children bring home weekly envelopes or fliers with information about upcoming events at school or with the sports team, be sure to keep them for easy reference. I use a butterfly clip that I hang from one of the calendar hooks. The fliers can stay neatly tucked behind the calendar until needed.

Please be sure to read my other WFMW post for the week for life-saving advice for children.

Thursday’s post will be about 13 Halloween costume ideas, so if you’re in need of some of those, be sure to stop by here. 😉

If you missed my other WFMW tips, here they are:

Child’s haircut without tears

Homemade bread stuffing

plastic colander bath toy drainerholder

reuse plastic grocery bags in the car

How to increase Web site traffic?

16 Web site tips

Toy storage

And don’t forget to stop by Shannon’s Rocks in My Dryer for lots more tips from all the participants.

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Toys Stored in Zipper Bags and Plastic Drawer Towers — Works For Me Wednesday

Posted by infinitygoods on October 9, 2007

***************************************************************************** Be sure to check today’s following post for the recap of all the answers from last week’s WFMW question. Thank you all for your great comments!! *****************************************************************************

Our toy chest was always a jumble and neither children nor adults could find what we were looking for. Plus, toys these days come with small parts and it seemed we were always in search for the tiniest ones.

I came up with the solution of storing all small parts in plastic baggies with easy zippers and storing these baggies. We also put the toys in plastic bags and store all these bags in plastic drawer towers. Even younger children can easily open and close these baggies.

I started when our son was a toddler and still needed help organizing, but now that he’s older it’s become second nature for him to sort all the Star Wars toys, all the Playmobile toys, all the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe toys, etc. together in their individual bags. The toys remain together at the ready for play time and the small parts do not get lost or separated.

Additionally, when it’s time to go to grandma’s house, he just selects a few baggies and off we go.

This system also works extremely well with K’nex. Each type of piece is stored in a different bag for easier and faster building. We have one bag for miscellaneous parts where there are only one or two of each such pieces.

All these bags need a good home and I put them in plastic drawer towers. They are light and it is easy for a child to pull out. When done playing, the bags or the entire drawers go back in and there is no clutter all over the house or room.

But perhaps best of all, if you ever move, you will think this idea is a godsend because all the toys will already be packed and nothing will fall out. We have gone through two moves with this system and it worked beautifully. I only wish the rest of the house were as easy to pack as the pre-packed toys!

See these and other tips at Rocks in My Dryer.

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