Messy kids....

Messy kids....

Joined: October 28th, 2005, 10:05 am

July 22nd, 2011, 9:53 am #1

I was gonna add this onto the "since we're asking questions" thread but decided to start a new one...

My middle son (almost 10 years old) has always been a slob.... Really... since he was very little. I have tried to work hard with him to teach him to be neat... all the tricks I used with my oldest son don't work with this one. Now my 5 1/2 year old daughter is following the same.... Now that the oldest is a teen and lives with his slob of a father, he is a slob too. I don't know if DD is a slob because she sees DS2 doing it and getting away with it or what... I think a lot of it got out of hand when I moved into my little apartment 18 months ago. DS2 had no closet.... DD and I shared a room. I was working full time and it was kind of crazy... I admit I let a LOT of stuff go. I kept the place "clean" and tried to pick up but it was far from neat. also know it was temporary kind of made me able to let things slide. Well now here we are int he new house and I really, really want it neat.... but there are boxes every where and the kids have very few places to keep stuff and they are... just slobs! It's making me CRAZY...... but I can't even blame them. Other than their clothing they don't really have enough places to put things away... I'm trying to come up with ideas...

Both of them seem to be into toys with lots of little parts.. he is into the little legos and wants each type of set kept seperate... but he has all kinds of other toys too. And he says he loves them ALL. Both my kids hate to part with anything. She has dress up stuff, tons of crafts stuff, My little pony, Barbies, a doll house and furniture.... ugh..... Add to all this the general mess of boxes, and it's kind of like a moving truck exploded around here. I am glad I am off... I at least have the time. I am activly unpacking, but still there are always boxes around... I empty them and bring up more....

I'm thinking for DS of taking the dresser out of his closet and just building shelves in there, floor to ceiling... that would go a long way and getting each of them one of those bin holders from Target, you know the kind that has the 9 cubbies and you get the fabric bins for? I think that would help especially if I label the bins as to what goes in there... I'm also thinking some wall shelves....

We don't have an accesable attic to use for toy rotation and the basement is getting turned into a finished space so no storing stuff down there...

But this is gonna require a LOT of effort to get them on track and keep it that way...

Anyone else gone from Chaos to Order with their kids stuff?? Any advice? Thanks!
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Joined: August 20th, 2007, 12:15 am

July 22nd, 2011, 2:14 pm #2

You are not alone!
But first I want to say, it is so good that your children are into actual toys instead of all electronics! And the kids will be grown in a blink of an eye so it won't be forever.. That is my excuse anyway!

Ideas stolen from my sister-
my sister finished her basement and actually built closets along the wall to conceal the kids toys. Shelves were hung on the wall and I guess they made a frame to put doors on. So now her son can put his lego models on the shelves and the doors get closed to conceal.
And she was able to buy both children beds with the storage drawers built in and that has helped alot! They put the pjs and toys/books in there.
Maybe you could find beds like those but until then the underbed storage boxes on wheels?

Take care and things will get better as you get settled in!



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Joined: May 28th, 2006, 3:48 am

July 22nd, 2011, 7:36 pm #3

I was gonna add this onto the "since we're asking questions" thread but decided to start a new one...

My middle son (almost 10 years old) has always been a slob.... Really... since he was very little. I have tried to work hard with him to teach him to be neat... all the tricks I used with my oldest son don't work with this one. Now my 5 1/2 year old daughter is following the same.... Now that the oldest is a teen and lives with his slob of a father, he is a slob too. I don't know if DD is a slob because she sees DS2 doing it and getting away with it or what... I think a lot of it got out of hand when I moved into my little apartment 18 months ago. DS2 had no closet.... DD and I shared a room. I was working full time and it was kind of crazy... I admit I let a LOT of stuff go. I kept the place "clean" and tried to pick up but it was far from neat. also know it was temporary kind of made me able to let things slide. Well now here we are int he new house and I really, really want it neat.... but there are boxes every where and the kids have very few places to keep stuff and they are... just slobs! It's making me CRAZY...... but I can't even blame them. Other than their clothing they don't really have enough places to put things away... I'm trying to come up with ideas...

Both of them seem to be into toys with lots of little parts.. he is into the little legos and wants each type of set kept seperate... but he has all kinds of other toys too. And he says he loves them ALL. Both my kids hate to part with anything. She has dress up stuff, tons of crafts stuff, My little pony, Barbies, a doll house and furniture.... ugh..... Add to all this the general mess of boxes, and it's kind of like a moving truck exploded around here. I am glad I am off... I at least have the time. I am activly unpacking, but still there are always boxes around... I empty them and bring up more....

I'm thinking for DS of taking the dresser out of his closet and just building shelves in there, floor to ceiling... that would go a long way and getting each of them one of those bin holders from Target, you know the kind that has the 9 cubbies and you get the fabric bins for? I think that would help especially if I label the bins as to what goes in there... I'm also thinking some wall shelves....

We don't have an accesable attic to use for toy rotation and the basement is getting turned into a finished space so no storing stuff down there...

But this is gonna require a LOT of effort to get them on track and keep it that way...

Anyone else gone from Chaos to Order with their kids stuff?? Any advice? Thanks!
I've seen it with the fabric drawers. It's so hard to keep things organized if everything doesn't have a place. We have a similar Expedit storage unit from IKEA. Like this:http://tinyurl.com/69kdq9 It has 16 cubes and holds a ton of stuff, but is 60" square so also takes up a lot of one wall. They have smaller and larger configurations for different sized spaces. When we bought ours they only had plastic boxes or basket material boxes that fit, but now they have all kinds of options. Like this:http://tinyurl.com/3brh8o7

We left half open for books, board games, puzzles or things in boxes (like Lego sets) and half have the Lekman plastic squares for loose things like loose Legos and loose K'NEX or just ugly things you don't want to have to look at. I don't know how the IKEA one compares to the Target one in terms of quality or price.

Ds knows where everything goes and that it's up to him to put it away. He's always been pretty good about picking up after himself, but with us having to have the house clean all the time while it's on the market it's gotten to be more of a habit. Once you have a place for everything, you could make putting things away into part of your routine. Get it done before dinner, or before they can do x that they want to do that day.

Do you still have a lot to unpack? It's a big job packing and unpacking a whole house!

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Joined: October 28th, 2005, 10:05 am

July 25th, 2011, 2:04 am #4

I had all the stuff from the apartment which I got all set up in Jan 2010 then in November we sold the house so my X filled my 1 car garage with stuff. Now that I am moved in he is finding even more and bringing all that over... I have a 1/12 car garage here and it's now full... sigh... it's a LOT of work... I try to make myself get 5 things out of the garage a day- like 5 boxes or pieces of furniture.... It's hard with having the kids home more and also trying to fit in projects like I spent saturday priming some walls and painting trim.... more painting to come.

DS is away this week at Scout camp- his first week away at overnight camp. I am planning to use this week to really work on his room.
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