Labeling Storage for Kids

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Nikki works with Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer | 0 comments

Labeling Storage for Kids

Are your kids frustrated by the cute fabric bins you bought to store their toys? Do they take them all out to find what they want? Read on for creative ways to label toy storage, even for pre-readers.
Elizabeth, Nikki’s Professional Organizer, has been working with Nikki’s son, Ben, to organize the toys in his room. Ben and Elizabeth are working on the third and fourth tasks in the “SPACE” acronym, “assigning homes” and “containerizing” Ben’s toys.
All Ben’s toys have been assigned homes and containerized. The Lego creations are on the top shelf of the bookcase. Loose Lego blocks and small toys are in fabric bins on the bookcase. Transformers and other action figures are in the clear pockets of an over the door shoe holder. Large vehicles are stored under the bed. Ben likes driving his vehicles into their garage at night.
The fabric bins on the bookcase are a problem for Ben because he can’t see what is in each bin. The bins have a place for a label, but Ben is in the first grade, so he’s still learning to read. Elizabeth knows that he will eventually learn to read the toy names, so they will be printed on the labels along with a more tangible example.
Elizabeth and Ben brainstorm to find ways to help Ben identify the contents of the bins without using words. Ben’s favorite idea is taping toys onto the front of the bins. Elizabeth wants to make that idea more practical. Tape that would not damage the fabric bins would not stick very long, and the tape would obstruct his view of the smaller toys. She proposes they tie string to the toys and loop it through the finger hole in the bins. The toys would hang so Ben can still see the printed labels and learn to read them. When Ben no longer needs the concrete reminders, the strings can be removed.
Ben is happy with the organization of his toys and thinks he will be able to quickly put them away by himself. This makes Nikki happy as well.

Learn along with Nikki as she and Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer, get the house organized room by room.
Copyright© 2014 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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