With a 2 year old and 6 month old, my house often "suffers". Let's be honest, it would probably suffer even if I didn't have kids. Cassie and I were raised in a home that was always perfectly cleaned. Now that I am all grown up, I have no idea how my mom did it. She worked full time, and still managed to NEVER EVER have a laundry pile (I'm not even kidding), and always had a clean home.
I find that my life goes smoother and I am happier when the chaos is at a minimum. I have tried to model my home after my mothers, and I will be honest, it has been a challenge. One thing that has helped though, is baskets. I have baskets strategically placed around my home for certain items.
With two babies, toys will always be out. I can try and try to organize them, but it isn't going to happen. The two baskets I have designated for toys, keep me somewhat sane. I keep one in my front room, and one in the kids room. My 2 year old Ollie is learning how to put his toys away in the basket. When the front room looks like a war zone, it usually cleans up in less than 1 minute because the toys go right in the designated front room toy basket. **Side note. Cassie is a better mom and homemaker than I am, and she has her toys organized and kept in a closet. Each "type" of toy is kept in the same small bin and it has a picture on the outside of what it is. Her kids get to play with a toy, and then they put it back before getting the next out.
My next basket that I love is the diaper/wipes/lotion basket. I like to have one of these in the front room, and one in the babies room. I always keep it full, and it just makes changing diapers all day more convenient! It also looks somewhat organized and put together with the decor when its in a pretty basket.
My next basket for organized chaos is the shoe basket. Keep this little beauty either in your front closet, or somewhere in the front room. At one point it was even under the lamp table by the front door. Do you always feel like you are hauling shoes from the front room to closets??? I do! Your front room shoe basket will inevitably get full from time to time. I make a point of returning shoes to their closet homes once a week.
A basket system I haven't implemented yet, but will when my children are old enough, is the basket for each kid system. Each child has a basket kept somewhere near the stairs, and each day they have to empty the things they have gotten out throughout the day. Idea found here.
My next baskets for organized chaos are in my hall closet. I have a designated basket for skin products, hair products, and body products. This makes searching for items MUCH easier. I also have designated drawers and baskets for first aid, baby specific medicine and lotions, "teeth" basket (floss, toothpaste, retainers, etc.), "eye" basket (contacts, contact solution, contact cases, glasses etc.).
My favorite places to buy pretty baskets: Ross, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, or Marshalls. They will be the most inexpensive at those stores. If you want cheaper baskets for your hall closet, check Walmart or a dollar store.
If you have any ingenious basket ideas, I would love to hear them!
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