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Creating a toy inventory

This is a guest post by Lisa from Mummy’s Undeserved Blessings Are you one of those mums who are really good at rotating your kid’s toys? I admit I am terrible at rotating toys.  I think that is a great idea, but I NEVER get around to it. I think in my five years of […]

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  • Karen Morley

    Great tips Lisa :) ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lewis

    Brilliant idea Lisa. I find that my son has so many toys and does get overwhelmed quite easily. I tried rotating them on a shelf, but it hasn’t really worked. I am going to do this, such a great idea and an easy way to keep everything tidy!ReplyCancel

  • Elyssa King

    Can I please ask where that white kids table & chairs are from??? ;) ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Denning

    Elyssa King I was wondering exactly the same!! ReplyCancel

  • From Mum to Me

    Great idea – I started rotating toys a while back, and would put them away in the spare room. Then one day I realised I was always putting toys ‘away’ and never getting any others out. Oh well… back to the drawing board – maybe this would be a good time to do an inventory. ReplyCancel

  • H.

    This is a great idea. It’s like an in-house library, really isn’t it. A small photo beside each one is a good idea for non-readers.

    It also helps to identify toys that the kids have grown out of or no longer ask for that can be passed on to friends or a charity.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Hockey ?

    Yes and the tent please!! Gorgeous space! ReplyCancel

  • Elyssa King

    Does anyone have an idea, where to find these white table & chairs????? Would really love to know ;) ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Rowse

    Great tips Lisa! Thanks for sharing. xReplyCancel

Toy Room Organisation Inspiration

This Monday, I shared the toy room makeover for the first winner of the Kia Australia ‘Win The Organised Housewife For A Day’ competition. Keeping toys organised is one of the biggest issues around the house, so I’ve collected a few more ideas to help your space too. Is your dress-ups box overflowing? Add a […]

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  • Carolyn Cunningham

    Some fabulous ideas (yet again)! Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle Badolato Ashkenazi

    Great ideas I love Ikea!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Great ideas! I store card games in Sistem storage containers, almost identical to those soap containers! Readily available at woollies and a great range of colours! (I store the cards in see through ones!)ReplyCancel

  • Penny Clark Miles

    I always wondered what that IKEA Komplement hanger was for !!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Pillar

    I love the soap box idea for cards – fantastic!ReplyCancel

An amazing Toy Room Makeover

This post is sponsored by Kia Australia Recently I travelled down to visit Claire from Penrith NSW, who was the first winner of the Kia Australia ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition.   Kia Australia are helping my dream of being able to help a few of my readers to organise an area in their […]

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  • Marie O'Neill

    Great work Kat! This looks amazing and gives me lots of good ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Hetherington

    Kat,
    you are a work of art : )
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  • Alice Faeth

    That is great – I am still trying to find a good lego solution!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia Statters

    Fantastic job you have done. What a lucky family they are to have you come in and do that for them. I would love to know where the little white desks are from?ReplyCancel

  • Lara Brown

    Great job. i was just looking at the Lego box thing was that from Ikea as well?ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Blyth

    Wow, that is a great transformation!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Gaeta

    Wow Kat, the room looks fantastic! The video looks good too! Can’t wait to see mine! :) ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Wow, this makeover is truly amazing and quite inspiring that perhaps I can implement a few of the idea is my kids bedrooms and toy area, they just don’t like putting away their toys after playing with the, I think the toy rotation system will help eliminate some of the mess. Kat I can only imagine how this reader feels, so lucky to have you help and make a difference. I love reading your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Claire was very very grateful, she was such a lovely lady and a wonderful mother I am so pleased I had this opportunity to help her.ReplyCancel

  • It is a great makeover Kat. We recently did something similar with our toy storage and it made such a difference to keeping things tidy! Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It does, and hopefully these little girls can grab the basket of items they want to play with and when finished pop it back into the basket and keep it tidy :) ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    A great job well done! The presentation of the video was excellent. On your suggestion months ago (maybe even years) we bought from HSW, the containers that are divided up for shoe storage that go under your bed for Lego storage. Works a treat, we have 3 of them, so much easier for the boys to find that piece of Lego they are looking for when making things. Love your blog, keep up the excellent work!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love those boxes, our local HSW sold out of them for awhile and I know many people were upset by it. They say shoe boxes, but there are so many more uses for them!! I loved how the video turned out too, truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing the idea, I also struggling to clean up with the toy mess in my house.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sometimes Taty it’s simply seeing some other ideas from other homes and then implementing them to suit your home that sets the ball rolling… good luck :) ReplyCancel

  • Love this Kat! I would love to have you for a day at my place! Great video and the toy rotation system is such a good idea.ReplyCancel

  • Janet

    Lovely job. So good to see the rotation idea used . Perhaps the girls will gradually be able to give away some more toys too.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, you are such an inspiration. You have so much talent and it’s so great to see you out there doing what you love and making a massive difference in families lives.ReplyCancel

  • Neha Jolly

    This is just AWESOME!!!!! It gave me so many tips to follow for my toddlers room!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa Gorman

    Amazing so inspirational, what a calm inviting creative space it becameReplyCancel

  • Leesa

    well aren’t you the natural actress!!
    Love how this has all been put together, fantastic jobReplyCancel

  • Renee

    That playroom is awesome. I especially love the desk in the middle of the room. It has definitely given me some ideas and inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • The family look so happy with the fabulous job you have done Katrina! And awesome work by Kia to get you around the country to help people out – it will make a huge difference to many families and inspire others into action. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!ReplyCancel

  • Louisa Gormley

    Kat, I adore this post its given me the solutions to help get our play room in order. The way I’ve been dealing with it is to just no enter the room :/ And that Kia is too cute! I’ll see how I go, but we may need to co-lab with a sponsored “sort the G house out” scenario, keen? Fancy a trip to SA, the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula would love to host you!ReplyCancel

  • Divya Rao

    That’s such a neat job! These ‘before’ and ‘after’ videos always make me happy :-)
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  • Fatima Ebrahim

    When we moved house, I gave away a lot of the kids toys. They were so excited to have their own rooms and a garden, that they didn’t even notice that they only had a small box of toys eachReplyCancel

  • I just love this Kat – the video is fantastic and you’re able to make a difference in someone’s life!ReplyCancel

  • […] Monday, I shared the toy room makeover for the first winner of the Kia Australia ‘Win The Organised Housewife For A Day’ […]ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Love what you’ve done. I really love those desks, where can I find them?ReplyCancel

  • Louise Green

    What a huge improvement, well done.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Renehan

    I love that the room looks like somewhere people live, not like it was modelled for a home magazine. It has great ideas that are practical for us all.ReplyCancel

  • […] declutter task for a little while, with the mix of school holidays and being away shooting for the Win the Organised Housewife for a Day competition I have been crazy busy.  However, I have found some time to get back into the office […]ReplyCancel

  • Kellie O'Brien

    This is fantastic, Kat! Very inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Love all the storage solutions! What a make over! We have similar tubs too for babies and their accessories. Girl toys can be so fiddly and require so many bits. I thought boy toys would be worse with Lego, but girl toys are just as bad.ReplyCancel

A tidy and organised area for school bags, hats and books

This post is sponsored by Stuff Masters I love sharing new and exciting products with you and I am thrilled to share this rather unique unit created by a great Aussie business called Stuff Masters.  The story behind this fab unit is beautiful… Stephen and his wife have 4 kids, Mrs Stuff was searching for […]

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  • Isobel

    What a brilliant idea! Although I don’t know if I’d have them in the hallway-as they aren’t very attractive- maybe in the garage? Extremely practical though-and a lovely story of how they came about though.ReplyCancel

    • I agree Isobel, such a sweet story and he listened to exact what his wife wanted. The garage would be the perfect place, or even in the kids bedrooms to store books and hand school uniforms from too.ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    That is such a great idea. I love how you’ve added the charts so it is like a command centre for the kids!ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great little centre, you could also remove the charts and put hooks on the side to hang their school uniforms. So many different possibilities!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly law

    Love this! wish I could get them for in the UK!ReplyCancel

    • They are very unique Kelly, I have not seen them anywhere myself either before StuffMasters contacted me and made me aware of them.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Jamieson

    These would be perfect for my two little boys, shame you can’t get them in NZ.ReplyCancel

    • Such a pity Megan, have you contacted StuffMasters, see if they can help out at all??ReplyCancel

  • Susan Potts

    These are very clever – wish I’d had these when my kids were all little. I would have them in their bedrooms next to their study desks – that way they have access to the books they have to lug to and from school.ReplyCancel

    • Susan, that’s a great idea, we were trying to decide between the front entry or next to the kids beds, we decided front entry to tidily store all the shoes and there was enough space needed.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    How perfect! This is exactly what we need.
    p.s. I love your girls school bags, where did you get them? :) ReplyCancel

    • Cherie, I asked them same thing when I was setting up and the reader mentioned she purchased them a few years ago from Dreamworld.ReplyCancel

  • mone

    i want one with a spot for my work bag etc as well as for the kids heheheheReplyCancel

    • that’s a great idea mone, they could be used for so many different things. If I had more room in my garage I would like them for the kids sports gear!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    I wish my partner would let me get one of these, the front door is a jumbled mess but he doesn’t see the point. Maybe it’s because it would be used to clean his mess more than the kids lolReplyCancel

  • Celeste Thomson

    Great idea – an extra would be a small side cupboard for bats, hockey sticks etc. Gorgeous design love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie @ Handmade Kids

    Wow, love this idea- what a great Australian product :) ReplyCancel

  • This post is fantastic Katrina. I just love the launch pad. I am forever tripping over school bags when I walk through the door.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is such a great unit, keeping everything beautifully tidy!ReplyCancel

Tips to get the teens to organise study time and a place to do homework

At the beginning of this Back to School Series I asked what topics you would like me to write about, there were quite a few readers asking for tips on how to help high school kids, organise study time and their desks.  As I don’t have teenagers myself I put the call out for somebody […]

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Tween Wardrobe Makeover

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World My beautiful Miss 10 (soon to be 11) is growing so very quickly, she thankfully has her dad’s genes as she is already the same height as me.  I imagine all my kids will tower over me in merely a few years. Last year I reorganised the […]

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  • Marina

    Such a practical makeover :) Love the butterfly earrings holder. We are about to makeover Miss (will be) 8 yr’s room for her birthday next week. I was in a muddle about her wardrobe, but you’ve given me some fabulous ideas :) Thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    That looks fantastic – do you know if you can install a similar system without removing the top shelf? We are about to build a house and we’re having those top shelves installed. Thanks so much for your ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Trouble_Kat

      You certainly can, you just buy shorter uprights… also be aware that this post is sponsored – there are other similar options available out there!ReplyCancel

      • Yes you don’t have to remove the top shelf, it just means you have to work around the design with the current shelf in mind.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Claire, you can design the whole thing yourself and make it as high as you need. The team instore can help you with the design, I also got some ideas via the Elfa System Catalogue. There are also so many great add ons which would be suitable for your wardrobe, shoe racks, jewellery storage etc.ReplyCancel

  • Trouble_Kat

    The difference is amazing! I couldn’t afford to change master 4′s cupboard (or mine) yet, so I have put up with the shelving that was already there, and added an extra hanging rod that attaches to the high rod, now his out of season clothes go on the top rod and the in season clothes go on the bottom!
    Can’t wait to afford to do a proper set up in my own cupboard!!ReplyCancel

  • Joni Ibarra

    Our daughters are the same age & I have the same dillemma. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Hope it helps Joni, my Miss is loving her new space and it’s stayed tidy!!ReplyCancel

  • AlyceB

    What a fabulous new space! I bet you have one very happy tween on your hands!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Could you give us some idea of how much this system would cost? I’d like to do something similar in my wardrobe!ReplyCancel

    • Karen O'Sullivan

      just from looking at their site I’d allow at least $1000. probably do it much cheaper sourcing items from discount stores etcReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I would be happy if Miss just 9′s wardrobe looked like your before pic! She “cleaned” her room the other day – the room looked amazing, the wardrobe, not so much lol.ReplyCancel

  • Karen O'Sullivan

    Looks great but did the poor girl really need you to share her undies on the internet.ReplyCancel

  • Justine Saidman

    Personally I’m not an Elfa fan. I did, however, buy some awesome drawer organisers from Ikea which have worked wonders in my incredibly untidy twin girls’ drawers! I used them for separating underwear into socks, undies and then a box for pjs and then the girls also have another one for leggings and other bits and pieces. My girls chose their own colours for these organisers which ensures that they know which is their drawer.

    You’re lucky that your daughter is tall! My girls are on the short side so they would never manage to reach a high rail in the cupboard, but I love the way that you have separated things out on different rungs. It makes perfect sense!ReplyCancel

    • Sorting makes it so much easier for them to find things and put them away again when clean, love the sound of your wardrobe, sounds very organised! Yes, my daughter certainly has her fathers gene when it comes to her height, Miss Tween and her twin brother are both the same height as me.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I found SHOES to be a real problem with my girls. I ended up going with the acrylic shoe cubes from Howards. Both my girls have a little alcove in the end of their wardrobes and the shoe cubes fit in neatly. They stack so you can build the shoe cubby tower as tall as you need to accommodate however many shoes they have. They weren’t the cheapest of things to buy, but I considered it an investment in my sanity as I LOATHE seeing shoes lying about. It is SO much easier to keep things organised if everything has a home.ReplyCancel

  • 1ofthzoo

    Wow that is so funny, we just went to Bunnings to do the same thing with our ten year old’s room, so project is underway. a great tip to save on painting if you don’t want to repaint is to use the decals – ebay has some great finds to brighten up the walls. And Jacqui, its not very expensive, depending on how many draws/shelves you put in, you are only looking on average $150.00 to $200.00. Bunnings has some great tips, and even some graph paper to draw a sketch model up to fit your desired layout. Great fun!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I love the way you have folded the shorts, that way she can see them all without destroying the pile! Going to use this tip for Master 7!!! Out of interest, did you remove the top wire shelf (as pictured in the top 2 pics of new design)? Just wondered what its purpose was? Or is it needed for the structural integrity of the system?ReplyCancel

  • Tisia Sims

    I’m going to be getting my 8 year old granddaughter soon. Thank you for the suggestions.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Happy it has been able to help you Tisia :) ReplyCancel

  • Lime & Mortar

    What a lucky daughter. You’ve made a fantastic tween wardrobeReplyCancel

  • jjoanne

    Beautiful work. I saw on alejandra costello’s Page that she lays the plastic IKEA shelf protector on the shelf where you have her jewellery etc to make it more stable and things don’t fall through. I thought that was a great idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That is a great idea, I do have the plastic matting over the area with the jewellery which makes it a solid type shelf, elfa make a version that fits perfectly :) Might have to go look at alejandra’s page :) ReplyCancel

  • Alex

    Hey Guys ?
    I know this post is sponsored by Howards (as much as I love them!) But if you go to Store & Order (formerly Store) they have their own ‘home brand’ which works with all the Elfa range. You can use that for all the basics, then if there are any specific drawers (e.g. pant rails) the Elfa slots right in ?ReplyCancel

    • Alex

      Sorry, just to follow up, that’s exactly what I’ve done, with an 1900mm wide space, after putting in all of the drawers (8) shelves (6) pant rails and hanging rails, it ended up costing about $1,500-$2,500 (I did it all in stages, and I splurged a little on the birch finish for the drawers as it’s an open space!)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        The birch would be a really lovely finish Alex!ReplyCancel

How to organise your headbands

This is a guest post by reader Melissa P I had been looking for a way to store my daughters headbands when purely by chance while cleaning out my craft supplies and repair basket I discovered that a baby formula tin was the perfect size to hold headbands.  As a bonus the inside of the […]

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  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    What a fantastic idea! Can I use it for a craft group?ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    Perfect. I am rescuing my last formula tin out of the recycling as I type! Genius! Baby doesn’t have much hair but her 3yr old sister does, and a lot of headbands!ReplyCancel

    • Perfect timing you managed to save a tin, I think this idea is just brilliant!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I love this too! This is the best idea I’ve seen that will work for my daughter. All her hairties and hairclips will also fit inside the tin too! Soooo excited about seeing this.ReplyCancel

    • Kirsty

      Now just to think of someone who buys baby formula!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I use a brushed steel wine bucket (like they would use in a cafe – all the decoration comes from the headbands!ReplyCancel

  • Carmen

    You can also use old Milo tins.ReplyCancel

  • Venita Martin

    Love the idea! Just what I was looking for….Thank youReplyCancel

Girls Bedroom Makeover – Tweenifying Miss 10′s room

I have not made any dramatic changes to Miss 10′s room since she was 2.  I originally painted the wall pink, which was and still is her favourite colour.  Over the years we have changed the doona covers and added tid-bits to her desk and dresser.  But she is growing up too quickly before my […]

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  • Elizabeth

    This is a beautiful “makeover”. My little one is not quite up to this stage but I do need to update her desk. Where did you get your daughter’s desk?
    Thanks,
    ElizabethReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      Yes – I love the desk. Where did it come from?ReplyCancel

  • Lynette Kemeny

    wow, how do you keep that room so military ?? my daughter is 11 and I’ve been working on her room, but most of the time its a tip….but I like the lived in feeling, your DD’s would be nice with curtains to soften it up more.ReplyCancel

    • sadly she can’t have curtains, I agree they would really soften up the room. She has dust mite allergies and dust mites really love curtains, so blinds it is!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    I love this room!! Just wondered where you got her desk from?ReplyCancel

  • Renaye

    i reckon paint the wall teal, the pink will all pop and it will look AMAZING, be brave : )ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    My daughter has the exact same desk that we are updating the look of her room (she is 8) …. the desk came from
    http://bambinohome.com.au/love-heart-study-desk/
    :) ReplyCancel

  • Just Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Teresak

    Very lovely
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  • Alyce

    Gorgeous bedding!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

    Loving the makeover so far! Great job Kat. Your daughter must be so happy.ReplyCancel

  • karen

    looking for inspiration for my tween and came across your room – beautiful – am de-desking mine and looking for some other special pieces but still not sure what exactly to “bling” the room…………any suggestions – I live in Nth Qld so trawling the net for stores for more variety? TIAReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Looks very pretty and functional! Just wondering how long ago you bought the Butterfly print from Belle Collection. Can’t seem to find it online.
    ThanksReplyCancel

40+ Awesome Lego Storage Ideas

Yesterday on facebook I shared our Lego Storage for my sons room and then asked to see some of your Lego storage creations.  I can’t thank you all enough for sharing them with me and WOW there are some really fantastic ideas.  I have shared them all below.  These Lego Sorting Labels may help you too! […]

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  • jenny

    does everybody find that sorting by colour is the best way for kids to use. My kids seem to keep some sets in sistema clip lock containers, but we have an abundance of mixes stuff in an under bed box.ReplyCancel

    • Tess

      we found that not only colour is important – but more important seems to be size! My boys like to sort by colour and by size, it makes it easier to find the small pieces when building the complicated things apparently.ReplyCancel

    • Naomi Cartner

      I think size is more important than colour.ReplyCancel

    • I colour sorted all our lego a while back to find that my lego mad child ceased playing with the lego altogether! It seems his mind prefers the caos of a mixed tub and is inspired to create as he sifts through various lego. This being said we keep our various ranges sorted and clearly labeled in boxes ie, ‘city’ ‘ninjago’ ‘cars’ etc. A small display of lego only is all we allow as he is expected to do dusting himself (which he hates) and this also means minimum distraction when he’s getting ready for school or supposed to be doing chores. Also, in school holidays I allocate a space in the rumpus for him to set up his entire range into a LEGO CITY.ReplyCancel

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  • My son has aspergers and he loves lego but gets overwhelmed when there is too much together in one box, and won’t play with it. I sorted his lego yesterday into the drawers just like you did and almost immediately he began to play with it again. “I love this idea Mummy,” he told me, “Can you also label the green blocks, alien blocks?” He was thrilled and I am too!ReplyCancel

  • We got the yellow lego table for christmas too … but it doesn’t hold much lego … only one of the stackable blue boxes …. and there is no lego mats on it …. If I had my time again I would be building one of these other brilliant ideas out of the ikea furniture instead of wasting $150 … lolReplyCancel

  • Paula Brodie

    We recently separated out our Lego into colours but removed the smaller special pieces that make some of the more special things out of the general Lego sets. I also left out all the wheels, windshields, seats and steering wheels. We found that the boys (4 & 3) were now creating more rather than just playing with the built things, it was great. Although our range has increased and needs a reorder with bigger boxes – but I’m waiting for the next round of birthdays before I do that!
    Also, I’ve been downloading and saving on our computer all the Lego manuals from the website so we have a back up if one goes missing or gets over used!ReplyCancel

  • love to see all these ideas for Lego storage. We currently just have the yellow lego holder which if not done up correctly opens when daughter drags it out (which is nearly everytime) with two boys on the way I am expecting that Lego will be everywhere!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lapthorne

    Perfect timing, my little man just had his birthday and got Lego galore. I need to get it organised ASAP before pieces go missingReplyCancel

    • Well there is quite a lot of inspiration here for you Amanda, please share your photo with us when your complete!!ReplyCancel

      • Amanda Lapthorne

        If I get completed LOL. I can be a little disorganised sometimes :) ReplyCancel

  • grace

    I sort them by the set in reseal bags and put them in the trofast drawers, I like the trofast, but wouldn’t have my kids use it as a worktop space, as they can’t put their legs under the trofast, which I think is bad for young backs, as they often sit for long periods working on their creations.ReplyCancel

    • You have a good point there Grace, Ikea do have some tabletops that could be added to top of the trofast creating a good work bench. I like the idea of sorting by set too :) ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas!! We currently use the partitioned storage boxes (from Bunnings). Our sorting method is not as ordered as some but is working well. One box has five long areas so that one holds long skinny pieces sorted into roughly 5 colours. We have another box with assorted vehicle type things like wheels and windshields. Another box is just for people and people tools like brooms, swords, walkie-talkies etc and another has many small compartments which we sort the tiny 1×1 size pieces into by colour/thickness. I will try to get some photos.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Combs

    Love all of these ideas…. I downloaded all of the LEGO manuals from the LEGO website and put them on my Kindle. Now he uses the Kindle to build his sets. Works great!! Eliminates all those manuals that either rip apart or get lost. Saves space for LEGO’s too! I also downloaded the KREO and Mega Blocks manuals.ReplyCancel

    • That a great idea Helen, I didn’t realise you can download the Lego manuals. Might look into this myself.ReplyCancel

  • It seems we are in the minority, we sort by piece size, so we have a bin for the pieces that are 1×1, 2×1, add up to 3 or 4, flat, people, accessories etc.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle

      I’ve been looking into ways to organize our lego’s and have asked the kids their ideas. I think I will watch closely as they play, and the younger dumps them out more than the older. I agree with you though, Sara, this seems to be the most logical way to sort and I’ve really been considering this. Sorting by color looks really neat, but when you’re building and looking for certain sizes, it just seems to make more sense to sort by size and type. Still thinking….ReplyCancel

  • Also, the best tip I got on instructions, we have binders with the plastic sheets and that keeps them in order. ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah S.

    What a great resource of such wonderful ideas…there really isn’t a wrong way to store LEGOS…this proves that! :-) I was thrilled to share a link to your post on my blog today, thanks!

    ~SarahReplyCancel

    • Thank you for sharing Sarah, I appreciate that. That’s right there is so many different ways, I also love the idea of sorting by creation.ReplyCancel

  • Kitwench

    I love the lego bags that double as playmats, and the various huge totes work really well too.
    I *wish* I’d thought of the bunk-lego space – keeps them off the floor!

    But with 3 kids now aged 25, 18 and 15 I have GOT to ask – were the photos of the dozens of trays and drawers perfectly sorted by color and type taken right after mom finished setting that system up?

    Because that would have lasted 10 MINUTES in our house,lol.

    Clean your room – and don’t forget to sort all your legos!
    Lol!ReplyCancel

    • Yes my photos were taken after I organise it, but he has kept it really organised, it just needs a good dust every now and then. Actually makes packing up the lego easier because next time he knows where to find what he needs.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce B.

    As kids get older, sorting by color doesn’t work so well. Older kids have a lot of gray Legos. How do you sort a mass of gray Legos!? At that point, if you/they sort at all, it would be by function. Btw, kids do just fine with one big bin of Legos all dumped together, but it’s us moms who want it to look pretty and organized. Most of these “How to Sort Legos” posts are by moms of little kids.ReplyCancel

  • Martin

    How creative! My little kid loves Lego and I usually find them scattered all over the house and I have to pick them up before somebody steps on them and get hurt. He would often lose a lot of missing pieces. I try to tell him to keep it organized. I even set up a huge basket as storage in his wardrobe closet but he always forget to put them all there after every use. Maybe if I put up a separate drawer cabinet, he’ll be more encouraged to clean up.ReplyCancel

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  • Brian Manninen

    Hello, Does anyone know where the carts Sabine G added are from? The tall carts with clear trays?ReplyCancel

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  • Kellie Goldthorpe

    i can’t believe the size of some of these collections!ReplyCancel

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  • Carrie I.

    I’ve downloaded all of the direction booklets from the Lego site onto my ipad. No more loose or torn pages scattered around! My son loves that he gets to use tech while building a set!

    We don’t sort by color, but do by sort by type of piece.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I would love to know what Jane used for the homemade log play Matt, such a great idea…. Is it paper or made with material? The storage ideas are great, we also sort our into containers at the momment they are in Tupperware containers and was thinking of an idea…. So I’m overwhelmed with all the great ideas just gotta choose one now ????ReplyCancel

  • Cliff

    The pic of the yellow lego table shared by Ffyona R – any idea where to buy one??? Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Hobbs

    Hi, I’m a Danish stay-at-home mum of 4 kids between 2 and 11. I now all about IKEA and LEGO since both are Danish brands.-) and so, one would think, that I have it all figured out when it comes to organizing LEGO ind IKEA-tubs and the like. And yes, I have tried. My eldest son was mad about Starwars lego and have practically the whole collection (very generous grandparents). He just put them together and then refused to do more with them, because they might break. It,s been like that since he was 4 years old! Since them, we have accumulated masses of LEGO, but mostly Starwars. From time to time, I have sorted ll his LEGOS out, tried both by colour and size, but he cannot find out to organize it back, when he cleans it up again. Its the same with the other children. They seem to loose overview of where it all goes, even though I have tried to sort it in the clear plastic boxes. And I really don’t like the idea that it takes me two hours to sort it out every time they have played with it, so I don’t. I sort it out about every two years in stead, leaving it to total chaos in between. But really – WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ALL THE WEIRD BITS?? Especially star wars LEGO contains millions of strangely shaped bits that are impossible to do anything with. I have bought extra bricks of normal 2 by 4, extra doors and windows and wheels, to somehow inspire to construct new things. But it really hard when most of the massive amounts of LEGO in our collection have strange sizes and forms….Does anyone have a good solution or helpful comment here? Please? I feel like selling the whole lot and starting from scratch with my two youngest kids!! Tkanx for a great thread here:-)ReplyCancel

I wish I never bought desks for my kids bedrooms

A few years ago my eldest daughter asked for a desk for her room, it was her prep year in school and I thought it was a great idea as she loved to colour and draw and I imagined in the years to follow she could do her homework at her desk.  Her twin brother […]

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  • Lisa Uren

    I’ve 3 little people, a 5yr girl and a b/g set of 4yr old twins. We’ve bought them all desks to put in our dining room as they were constantly taking over my dining table with arts/crafts/letters etc. We bought a tiny desk for each of them, with one single drawer in it and it works a dream. I can see them from my kitchen bench which means I can be creating meals and monitoring what they are doing and interacting with them. In their “desk” space, we’ve also created a chart wall with ABC’s and 123 charts and put up a selection of their preschool photo’s. I am quite chuffed with this space, it works well in our tiny house :) and the bonus of having 3 desk chairs in the dining room is when we have guests round we have spare chairs for the dining table :P ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I always found seks a bit of a waste as the girls (3 of them) always did their homework in a central area – the kitchen table when they were in the lower grades – and so the desk in their room became a gathering area for mess. But as high school came around I found a desk useful for time away from the hub bub of the rest of the house and to leave a task in progress somewhere away from the main part of the houseReplyCancel

  • Jo

    thats should be desks not seks (in my previous post)ReplyCancel

  • I had a desk as a child and I NEVER used it for homework. It was just somewhere for me to store more stuff. We had this desk in our spare room until recently when we had to convert the room into a nursery and I didn’t even consider giving it to my daughter (Miss 7). Her room is extremely well organised and I knew having this desk would just encourage her to keep more knick knacks – which I would hate!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Yes we have a desk and it just becomes a dumping ground for my 11 year old, and she doesn’t do her homework there either. She starts high school next year so I’m hoping she will use it properly (as it will be quieter than sitting at the dining table with her brother)..ReplyCancel

  • melcspice

    We are hoping to buy a house this year and plan to put in a study nook somewhere in the living area. My eldest has just started school, I’m studying as well and I have just bought a sewing machine to attempt some sewing. My kids also love to craft. So we thought one long desk would suit all these purposes. I’m thinking I’ll put cupboards or drawers underneath each end to store craft, sewing machine, study materials etc. As you said, I would prefer to be able to see them doing their homework/craft etc so I can help out when needed, and also so when I’m studying I can still see the kids.ReplyCancel

  • My children all have desks and they never really used them as we also did homework where I could help and keep an eye on what everyone was doing but in years 8 onwards they really need a place to keep all their private things and it also gives them an opportunity for some quiet time away from everyone else. I still see what’s happening with homework but it also gives me an opportunity to work with them one on one.ReplyCancel

  • melcspice

    Oh and yes, my desk in my room as a child was always a clutter collector. I’d just keep stuffing things in the drawers until they wouldn’t shut anymore! haha.ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    I bought my eldest (now 17 in a couple of weeks) a desk for his 5th birthday. Was just a second hand one as that is all I could afford at the time. Was an old pine one (painted blue) with 4 drawers, no hutch. Was fabulous.
    We did homework at the kitchen table too, us mums all know how much easier that is at that time of night than running back and forth form kitchen to bedroom, but he used it heaps. He would sit and drawer and write all the time. He kept it pretty clean, with lots of reminders mind you. Every school holidays we would go through his drawers and remove a heap of stuff. But he was pretty good.
    We are now on the hunt for a desk for our 4 year old as a starting school present later in the year. I will definitely have drawers and would ideally like a hutch too. Need to head into Ikea and check out the Micke range, I like the look of them online but not sure what they are like in RL.ReplyCancel

  • Kate coetzee

    My children have desks in their rooms and they have used them all through high school. We found corner desks at Ikea that have shelves above them and doors on the front of them. That was the best decision ever! Desks are messy things! And kids who are working on projects or studying don’t want to pack away everything every day. This way, they just get to close the doors on them and their rooms look neat. Then they can tidy it up when the exam or project is over. It has worked really well for us. ReplyCancel

  • Gem

    My eldest has just started Preps and asked if he could have a desk in his room now. I said no to that, but after his first day I surprised him with his own desk and space in my home office. The room is off our lounge / dining so it is close enough to observe him while still letting him have some peace if its needed. ReplyCancel

  • Maree Weeks

    Love the built in book ends! Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • All my 4 had desks in their rooms and I only remember them to be a HUGE dumping ground for anything and everything. Throughout their high school years they may have used them from time to time. They each had their own computer in their rooms as well as laptops that were compulsory at their school from yr 5. It only encouraged them to be quite isolated and while they may have indicated they were studying, they weren’t! They are all bright so did well at school but my main concern is that it broke up our family talk and connectedness. All are at university now with only my youngest at home and she does her uni work at the dining table, insisting on total quiet so no tv for me while I’m getting dinner! She also asks me to ‘help’ her from time to time with her revision – anatomy & physiology names I can hardly pronounce! She says if she is in her room she won’t study as she will want to watch something on her laptop or catch up with friends on facebook. If I had my time over, I would not have desks in their rooms, nor would I have computers. Setting up an area in the house with separate desks and shelves would be my solution. They could help one another and it encourages them to put aside that time, which would increase as they get into the higher grades, and develop life long habits that can only be a benefit to whatever they intend to do with their lives.ReplyCancel

  • My son has a desk in his room. What a waste of money! He sits at the kitchen table to do his homework since my laptop is there where I can keep an eye on him. The desk? It’s strewn with Pokemon cards and cat hair. I hate that thing.ReplyCancel

  • Annwen

    We have just installed desks in our boys bedrooms because we have found that them doing homework at the kitchen table became difficult when one had to read out loud and the other was trying to write, or when there were distractions around. So far, the desks are working great. Ours are ones that are attached to the wall, and fold down when not in use, so they have been pre-warned that if they clutter up their desks, I will fold them down so they can’t.ReplyCancel

  • Sam-o

    No. Bedrooms are for sleeping. Desks are in the playroom and office.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harrington

    Looks fantastic, and great to see a pic of your mum on the desk! ReplyCancel

  • Yermomma

    You could always put a cheap thin curtain rod with a cute kitschy fabric across one of the shelves to make it more “hide the stuff” friendly, too. Thanks for showing the before and after. I now realize I need to get my daughters’ small bookcase out of her room, too…it’s just collecting junk & is unneeded.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara McCann

    We needed to buy our 4 year old a new bed so decided on a cabin bunk for the added storage and it also has a pullout desk. At the moment it is pulled out halfway for her to use as a bedside table for her nightlight, stereo and drink. We thought this would be better than having a separate desk for when she is at school which would take up more room. The kids also have a craft table in their playroom.ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I have a 22yr old at uni and a 17yr old in yr12. Both have had desks in their bedrooms since primary school, which have served multiple purposes through the years, including a dumping ground for junk, clothes etc. Our house is relatively small.. we had/have no office/study or playroom, so the kids did their homework mostly at the dining table in primary school, and now work in their bedrooms (sitting on their beds!) I would get desks again (with shelves and drawers).. Whilst not always used for their original purpose, they are handy for keeping books and assorted school ‘paraphernalia’ together.(rather than on the floor!! .. anyone else with a teenage daughter? :))ReplyCancel

  • naomi

    i don’t have a child old enough for a desk yet, but totally get how they can get messy, i had a desk as a child and similarly did not use it for homework as it was always too messy!ReplyCancel

  • We have a desk in the front of the house where homework is done. It makes so much more sense than in the bedroom!ReplyCancel

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  • Wendy

    I have a whole spare room which eventually will be my sewing room, but am also considering making it part study space for my little man once he needs it. The room is quiet, bright and airy and I can cook tea and semi supervise while giving him space at the same time, perfect set upReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    I had a similar issue. I purchased a small desk, no drawers for homework. But I also sit with my son to do his homework at the dining table. The little desk in his room has become yet another surface for family members to stack stuff! Urghhh will I ever purge my house of clutter!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    My son has recently started asking me for a desk in his room, I’m uncertain on if i should or shouldn’t, I originally never did because the bedroom is for sleeping and I know what he is like, he will make any excuse to sit up, that and he isn’t the tidiest and I dont wont it to be another thing for him to leave his messy mark on lol.

    On the other hand he does like to draw and colour so it would be nice for him to have his own set up and space.ReplyCancel

  • Monique (messpots)

    I think you’ve made some really helpful and valid points regarding the need for a desk at a young age. But the end result of the makeover is beautiful and I love the caddy! Will be getting one for myself!! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    When they get to high school they will still most likely do it at the kitchen table and the desk will become a dumping ground for everything and anything.ReplyCancel

  • willowtttee

    you could put storage under her bed some plastic boxes with wheels on them :) ReplyCancel

  • Infoxicating Lady

    My oldest girl (aged 11) has a desk in her room. It’s an old school desk that we bought when hubby was at uni. The local boarding school was updating the accommodation furniture, so we picked it up for the bargain price of $5.
    Retrospectively, it isn’t a great idea. She rarely does homework at it, and even though it has a lift up storage area, and shelves for books, it never gets used to store school stuffs.
    My other two girls (ages 8 and 6) don’t have a desk in their room – and I like it that way. Middle Girl is very distracted, and requires a _lot_ of help with homework – she’s ADD, ODD, dyslexic, and just generally off with the fairies. Youngest Girl is only just starting year 1 this year, so homework to date has been sight words and reading – something I’ve had to do with her anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Lirit

    My Miss 8 has had a desk in her room for about a year.. I say desk, but it is infact just a deep shelf built into the side of a chimney breast as her bedroom is only about a metre wider and longer than her bed (aside the extra 40cm ish depth of the tiny alcoves down the sides of the chimney – the other alcove has rails down it for her hanging clothes) Like others though, no mater how often I tidy it for her, it becomes a dump for clothes and junk mostly, but she isnt the tidiest of children.. How I would LOVE to know how to make the most of her room and give her the most practical and space efficient storage! I will not let Miss7 and Miss5 have a desk int he room they share, for the simple reason Miss 5 is notorious for drawing beyond the paper and over the table, walls, carpet etc if she is bored and left alone with a pen for too long….ReplyCancel

  • Meebeefee

    I too had desks with hutches on top in both of my children’s bedrooms thinking they would sit in there and do their homework, drawing, etc, but they just became “dumping” space, there was never any room to “work” at the desk (and both often did homework at the kitchen table). The drawers of the desks would often fill up with items from the desk working space when they were told to clean their room and left there when the items should have been thrown out. I took the desks out of their rooms, sold them and put cube shelving in the rooms, taking up less space and more effective for storage/display.ReplyCancel

  • Mumme Halfdozen

    I, too, regret buying desks for my childrens’ rooms. They dump everything on the desk and do their homework at the kitchen table or on the floor! I’m trying to convince hubby and the kids that we need to get rid of the desk and use a bookshelf or small cupboard in those spaces instead.ReplyCancel

  • Mich

    We made a decision not to have desks in bedrooms when our eldest was a toddler (we also don’t really have toys in their room) we asked a lot of friends who already had children, where their children worked and almost everyone said the dining table, at least until those last few years of school. We love it, our computer is attached to the tv so we can keep an eye on what is happening there too! Thanks for affirming our choice! ReplyCancel

  • Shelly

    My daughter has a vanity that was mine when I was little. I never kept it neat and used it like my mom had hoped either. Neither does my daughter, but I don’t really think it matters what furniture I get. I just don’t think she’ll keep it neat. lolReplyCancel

  • Kiki Pitman

    I grew up with a desk in my room and used it as a dumping ground. Knowing my daughter is quite like me I put the money into a great bookcase with blanket drawer instead. She occasionally does homework in her room on her bed (like I used to) but for the most part sits at the dining table to do it.ReplyCancel

  • Elce Maree

    beautiful! I had a corner desk and hutch growing up, it had lots of shelves and three drawers to keep all my school books and reading books all tidy, though it rarely was :) I LOVE this desk, it’s perfect! I also like the ones at Pottery Barn. My children are 2 and 4 this year so it’s a bit early for desks yet :) ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    Whilst the kids where away for a week these holidays I tackled the bedrooms and GONE with the desks too we now have a little study corner set up in a kinda nothing area other then a bookcase works a lot better then the rooms and the rooms are sooooo clean well the kids have only been home for 4 days lolReplyCancel

  • Kylie Rogers

    We have the same issue here. I love that caddy though, awesome idea.ReplyCancel

  • Deb Horne

    No I don’t have a desk in my 2 younger boys (yr 2 and yr 4) rooms, and not sure why I do in my 13 yr old boys room either. I find no matter what age they are during school, they need to sit at the table for spelling, assignments, and other homework. We have a family computer where they all take turns at doing their computer related homework…and we check for tabs besides the one we can obviously see…usually games if we don’t check it. We also don’t let them spend their credits to buy stuff on the school programs until the weekend, just school work during the week and outside play. Mean, probably, but they are all doing well at school. I will continue to do this through high-school as well, my eldest is 22 now, and it’s one thing I regret not doing with him. He is doing well now (web designer), but it took him a long time to get to the place of study, now he sits in a clean area to do his studies and assignments, sometimes with the 3 younger boys. Good family time too – blessed mum of 6ReplyCancel

Lego Sorting and Organising Labels

I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the Lego sorting and organising posts that I shared last week.  Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom and more Lego Storage ideas As I mentioned each child and family like to store their Lego differently.  Either all together in a bucket, sorted by colour or by set. […]

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