Do you Allows Toys in the Living Room?

Renting a small apartment means limited space and no playroom. In our home we have a living room, spot for a dining table and chairs, kitchen with hardly any counter space, and two bedrooms. That’s it…no playroom, den, or office. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my small apartment. It keeps me from overloading it with unnecessary items and we have a garage, driveway, lawn, and we’re close to the center of town. clean living room collage

Now with a small apartment, my office is a spot on the couch…which is NOT comfortable, but it works. I prefer the other couch, but I have the roll-out electric fireplace that I use as a make shift table. office couch

AJ has a nice sized room, but never plays in there. I can hear AJ in his room and see into part of it from the kitchen. He even has a TV and DVD player. Despite all that he tries to drag all his toys into the living room.

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I put my foot down while cleaning and organizing this summer. I made it very clear that no toys are to be brought in the living room, it’s only for watching TV and movies. I set up a play space for him on the side of the couch near his bedroom door…that was working…for a bit.

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Well as you can suspect it only lasted two days…soon toys were everywhere in the living room, cushions were down and made into forts, and it was a mess once again. Hubby is frustrated as wants to enjoy the living area as do I, but at the same time I understand our son doesn’t want to be cast off in his room. At this point, I have given up fighting him on the toys and mess, though I have limited the amount he brings in the space.

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If we didn’t have that basement door between the bedrooms, we could set up a play area there. That would make a perfect spot for AJ to play while keeping our living room clutter free…but we need to have access to that door at all times.

Where do you let your kids play with their toys?

In the Master Bedroom with FlyLady

master bedroom collage2Last week I wrote about Dino’s room and bathroom organization and cleaning, you can read that here. Hubby did an amazing job last week…he helped so much and made me a happy wife. Who doesn’t love a happy wife? a few chores last week. This week was a bit weird, we did work on Monday, since we were both off, but with the storms and hubby’s hours all messed up Tuesday and Wednesday were a bit messed up. I am sure he’ll get back into the routine today and Friday.

master bedroom collage checked offPicMonkey CollageEven with a small bedroom, I needed a laundry area…and it works now. Under the drying rack I have a basket for delicate clothes, bag for towels and sheets, and all my crochet storage. Eventually I’ll get a nice basket for crocheting supplies.

our bedroomNow Hubby has made the bedroom more of his “man area” which is fine. I don’t get too worried as long as it’s clean…well mostly clean…our bedroom3 our bedroom2Any tips on how to give the bedroom a nicer touch…even if it’s a manly look.

What did you clean/organize this week? How do you split chores in your house? 

Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #10

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #9

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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HOST

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

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RULES:

  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

ORGANIZATION…

CollageIf you follow FLYLADY, then you know this week is the main bathroom and one other bedroom…for me that means our only bathroom and Dinosaur’s room.

We have a TINY bathroom, which we have gotten used to…even though when we are sick I do wish it was bigger. Though it does help to have a boy who can pee pretty much anywhere if need be, LOL

Behind the door storage…this was my mother’s idea. In this storage I have all the personal hygiene a woman needs, my makeup and hair accessories.behind doorOne of our towel racks is great for a hand towel and a the disposable hand towels…great for a dinosaur.. behind door 2Under the sink is my most favorite part…a basket filled with rolled up hand towels and washcloths. I also have extra bathroom wipes and my hairdryer. The basket is sitting on a wire rack which raises it off the ground…in case there is a flood and great for storing extra wrapped and unused toilet brushes for my swish and swipe routine. 

under sinkDino modeling in front of our sink…it’s small but works for us…and we try to keep it uncluttered…but it’s so hard…any CHEAP suggestions?.

sinkAbove our toilet I have Windex which is part of the swish and swipe routine, bathroom wipes, lotion, Tony’s aloe gel which keeps finding it’s way back there, and a candle that has lost it’s sent but looks cute. 

above toilet

Another one of my mother’s ideas was a shelf. That holds the swiffer wipes which I I keep forgetting to use, cleaning wipes, and pretty towels.

shelfInstead of the shower curtain liner with the pockets…which never got clean but was a great space saver, I now use corner storage. These great baskets with suction make the perfect place for toys and bath products…and they are easy to lift and clean.

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NEXT WEEK…The Master Bedroom…new tips, old tips that work, ideas you found on pinterest, things on your wishlist.

Have any suggestions for future topics?

ALL LINKS WILL BE PINNED TO THE LET’S GET ORGANIZED PIN…here

Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #9

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #9

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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HOST

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

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RULES:

  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

ORGANIZATION…

I’m BACK and things are better.

So on to the topic at hand…What organizational product can you not live without? 

The baskets in my car that my mother bought for me…they work great to keep things organized and looking clean. 

car organization CollageThe rolling carts in my dining area which help Dino to be independent by getting his own napkins and utensils. The top drawer holds Tony’s old notebook. We kept if for Dino to use, but it’s so old…any suggestions about what to use?

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The rolling cart in our tiny kitchen which gives me extra space. Dino knows where to get rags and dishtowels and even puts away the clean ones. That alone makes it a great organizational tool. kitchen drawers collage

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NEXT WEEK…Organizing your bathroom…what do you do?

Have any suggestions for future topics?

ALL LINKS WILL BE PINNED TO THE LET’S GET ORGANIZED PIN…here

Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #8

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #8

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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HOST

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

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RULES:

  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

ORGANIZATION…

NOPE…Not this week. I know I was supposed to talk about organization products that you can’t live without, but I need your help this week.

I am overwhelmed, tired, and need to get better organized. I drive to a few different schools during the week and wind up eating in my car more often than not. I My car is a mess by the end of the day…I need a better way to organize my teaching resources, student work, snacks, books on tape, crocheting.

I often crochet, snack, and listen to books on tape if I arrive to a school early and need to wait a bit. I need these things within my reach, but hate all the clutter and mess.

So I need some suggestions on what to do? How do you keep your car clean? What tools, tricks, techniques do you use.  

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NEXT WEEK…What organizational product can you not live without?

Have any suggestions for future topics?

ALL LINKS WILL BE PINNED TO THE LET’S GET ORGANIZED PIN…here

 

Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #7

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #6

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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HOST

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin

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RULES:

  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

ORGANIZATION…

 PicMonkey Collage

I have tried to keep Dino’s toys and closet organized. I have kept his clothes organized with pictures and words on the face of the drawers.

As for the toys, well that’s another story. They always end up everywhere, which I am fine with. That is what happens when you have a kid. It’s going to be messy and that is fine. Even though I try to make him play with one thing at a time he loves to mix and match toys and let his imagination take over. That’s what being a kid is all about.

 

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Can you guess how many things he was trying to play with at the same time?

I have purchased pullout drawers and used them for small toy and puzzle piece storage in his closet. It was working for a bit…but little pieces, odds and ends, are everywhere and then he loses toys and parts and flips out.

How do you organize their toys? Do you have labels and special spots for everything? Do you have large bins where they can just dump toys? Do you special bags/drawers for smaller pieces?

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NEXT WEEK…I will be talking an organizational product you could never live without.

Have any suggestions for future topics?

ALL LINKS WILL BE PINNED TO THE LET’S GET ORGANIZED PIN…here

Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #6

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #6

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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HOST

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin

BUTTON

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Want to be a guest host? Tweet Me

RULES:

  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

ORGANIZATION…

PicMonkey CollageWhen I first started blogging I had my own cleaning schedule with daily, monthly, and weekly chores…It was detailed and crazy.

Then after much back and forth thinking, I decided to give FlyLady a try. I know it can be overwhelming at first with dressing to shoes and a shiny sink. There are morning and afternoon chores including and each week we focus on a different area. Before you can even clean, you must declutter and organize. It’s a lot at first, but when all done life is so much easier. 

Am I a perfect flybaby? NOPE

Do I do the morning and afternoon chores all the time? NOPE

Do I have a super organized house that is always clean and tidy? NOPE

Do I have a mom that always finds something that dirty or unorganized? YUP

Do I swish and swipe the bathroom most mornings? YUP

Do I read every single flylady email? NOPE (I set them up to go directly to a folder in gmail and only look at them when I choose)

Do I perfectly cleaned floor with no crumbs and stains? NOPE

Do I have furniture and fans with NO dust? NOPE

Do I have a perfectly vacuumed rugs? NOPE

Do I have a super  clean bathroom? NOPE

Do I have a perfect living room, with clean couches, and a floor without toys? NOPE

I am far from perfect, but I know I can return to my schedule if need be.

FlyLady has teamed up with Cozi Calendar to include her zones into the calendar. This is great. I love to print out the week so Hubby and I know what is going on each week. We can see birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, parties, appointments, and activities.  

flylady cozi

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NEXT WEEK…I will be talking an organizational product you could never live without.

Future topics include

How do you organize your kid(s) toys?

HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR A FUTURE ORGANIZATIONAL TOPIC?
WANT YOUR POST TO BE FEATURED?

ALL LINKS WILL BE PINNED TO THE LET’S GET ORGANIZED PIN…here

LET’S GET ORGANIZED BLOG HOP #5

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #5

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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HOST

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin

BUTTON

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Want to be a guest host? Tweet Me

RULES:

  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

 

ORGANIZATION…

CollageI am not a purse kind of girl, I don’t like designer bags or one for each outfit. I prefer a good bag that can hold LOTS of stuff. You moms know what I mean, right?

After shopping with my mom, she got me just what I wanted. I large tote to hold what I need…and it zips! A PLUS!

CAM06481I have a wallet purse that I keep in my tote…or wear across my body if I just need to run into the store quickly or don’t want to carry my tote.

CAM06475I also keep an old makeup bag in my tote…it hold EVERYTHING I need.

I have feminine products, hand sanitizer, lotion, pain medicine, pens, band aids, first aid kit, flashlight, toilet seat covers, hand wipes, headband, clips, phone charger, fiber packets, chap stick, lip gloss, notes, and can even fit in sunglasses.

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CAM06480 CAM06481When I go out with Dino I put my makeup bag in his tote and wear my wallet purse.

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CAM06487This makes like so much easier. After so many bags and failed organization attempts…this system works for me? Do you do something similar? How do you organize your bag(s)?

                                                                                           

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FEATURED POST

A Dish of Daily Life

I was so happy when Michelle told me about her purse organization. In this post Michelle talks about and shows us her POUCHEE, the ultimate purse organizer. LOOK how awesome that is… and you should see all the things she gets in there. I SO need to get this for my birthday or Christmas

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So go check it out, you just may add it to your wish list or BUY IT…I know I am dying to get one now.

 

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NEXT WEEK…I will be talking cleaning systems. Do you have a chart? calendar? follow an online system? Create your own?

Future topics include

What organization products could you NEVER live without?

How do you organize your kid(s) toys?

HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR A FUTURE ORGANIZATIONAL TOPIC?
WANT YOUR POST TO BE FEATURED?

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ALL LINKS WILL BE PINNED TO THE LET’S GET ORGANIZED PIN…here

LET’S GET ORGANIZED BLOG HOP #3

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #3

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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HOST

Dinosaur Superhero MommyPinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin

GUEST HOST

A Dish of Daily Life

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RULES:

  • Link up an organization post
  • Follow your host and guest-host and let them know…we will follow back.
  • Grab the Let’s Get Organized Button and place it on your post or sidebar.
  • Go check out three other links…show them some love…meet new bloggers and gain followers
  • No posts about sales, shops, or NON-family friendly material

 

ORGANIZATION…

With me returning back to work full time, I am stumped on how to find the time to shop for make a shopping list, shop for groceries, and make healthy meals every night. I used Peapod MANY years ago and am thinking this might be a good time to start up again. With Peapod I can…

 

  • Use coupons and have them taken off the next order
  • Coupons get doubled up to 99c
  • Add my items right to the site and that’s my shopping list.
  • If I have it delivered on Wednesday, I can get $5 off the $10 delivery fee
  • I don’t have to leave the house…food is brought right to my door and I can put it away with ease.

Yes, you pay for convenience, but I think in order to be organized you have to make priorities. Between working full time, planning lessons and writing reports at home for work, blogging, crocheting, cleaning and organizing, and being a wife and mom…I just don’t have time to go to a grocery store. Is paying a few more dollars to do one less thing worth the price? YES, to me it is.

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COUPONS: I used to have a big red binder full of coupons, run around to various stores to spend as little as possible on everything…again, it’s about priorities. Now I just keep them in a small photo album by categories. It’s easier to get them out and see which have expired and easier to drop them into the correct category.

So what do you all use for making lists and shopping? Do you go to the stores or shop online? How do you organize your coupons? 

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FEATURED POST

Mandy posted about how she organizes her recipes and sets up a monthly menu. You can see that here. She has a great technology-free system, which looks pretty organized. A whole month of menus…that’s darn amazing and something I wish I could do…but would fail miserably.

Go over and check out her system…might inspire you to rework your menus.

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NEXT WEEK I will be talking about organizing your clothes. Do you prepare your clothes the night before or the week before? Or do you get your outfit ready as you get dressed?

Future topics include

How do you organize your purse/pocket book/totes?

Do you follow a cleaning system? Create your own?

What organization products could you NEVER live without?

How do you organize your kid(s) toys?

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ALL LINKS WILL BE PINNED TO THE LET’S GET ORGANIZED PINhere



Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #2

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Welcome Let’s Get Organized Blog Hop #2

Link up here to post about all types of organization…whether it was successful, ongoing, or just the beginning stages. If it didn’t work out, post about it anyway. Proud of a recent reorganization, share it with all of us

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This week’s guest host is Michelle from

A Dish of Daily LifePinterest,   Facebook,   Twitter,    Bloglovin

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Rules:

1. Please link up with a blog post about organization, not your blog. You can use a current post or an older one. Have an organizational giveaway…link that up too.

2. Follow your hosts, co-hosts, and guest hosts leave a comment. They will follow back.

3. Grab the”Let’s Get Organized” button for your sidebar or post. 

4. Follow and comment on at least 3 other blogs..the best way to make new friend and gain more followers.

5. Posts that include sales, shops, or non-family friendly material will be deleted with no explanation

ORGANIZATION…

Currently my small fridge barely holds enough…sure we have the shelves on the door, but it’s still not enough. I think we may need a new fridge but don’t want to hit up the landlord for that yet. Therefore keeping everything in sealed containers seems to be the safest bet.

I already have some containers for eggs cold cuts, brick cheese, snacks, and juice. This is what I have done so far. Just remember that does not show the school lunches and water bottles that will be piling up in there soon. There is only one left over from dinner and I need to get those hot dogs into a container.

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Rubbermaid 7J93 Produce Saver Square Food Storage Containers Set of 8

Progressive International LKS-06 Lettuce Keeper

Interdesign Covered Egg Holder, 14 Egg Capacity

 

ORGANIZING BLOGGERS…

Julia from Mom on the Run x2 is sharing a free printable that helps her organize her blog. Go to her post and check it out. I just may start using it too.

Carla from Real Into uses Evernote to organize and set up her posts.

NEXT WEEK I will be talking about organizing your shopping lists and where you shop…multiple stores, one store, or online.

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