I don't know about you, but I feel like I am always picking up my house. Actually, it isn't just a feeling, it is a fact. Perhaps I am a little OCD about clutter, but I must pick up my house at least six times a day, only to watch it slowly get messy again. It is a lose-lose situation.
Our main living areas are located on the first floor of our house and our bedrooms are all located on the second floor. Teddy bears, blankets, random socks, books, trucks, princess costumes and a myriad of other items come trickling down the stairs each day into the family room. As a result, not only am I picking up the house multiple times a day, I am also going up and down those darn stairs all day long putting things away. Great for the glutes, but not much fun for me.
A couple months ago, I came up with the idea of "put away" baskets.
I found my baskets at The Container Store for about $7 each and I liked that they folded down so they could fit in a dresser drawer in our entryway when not is use.
I labeled each basket with an initial cut out from my Silhouette, one for each of our children.
As we are picking up throughout the day, anything that belongs upstairs in J&A's bedrooms gets tossed into the baskets. The baskets live at the bottom of the stairs throughout the day and then when it is time to go up to bed, we carry them upstairs -- that is only ONE trip up the stairs to put things away each day!
As much as possible, I try to involve our four-year-old twins in helping to pick up our house. J&A actually enjoy picking up their toys and putting them into their baskets. Every evening, the kids are in charge of carrying their basket upstairs and putting away all the items before they go to bed. Now, I call that a win-win situation!
** I was (and am) worried that the mesh material of my baskets would rip over time, but so far it has held well. Since purchasing my baskets, I have found two alternative baskets that are a bit pricier, but I think are probably also more durable. This one here is from Thirty One and folds up like a grocery sack. I love that it comes in so many fun patterns and that you can choose to embroider a child's name on it. The other option is this square basket from Container Store that crunches down flat when not in use. **
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