Making Life Easier #6: Kid’s Laundry Corner

So taming the chaos within our home has been an ongoing project for some time, but recently I’ve become slightly obsessed with it. Nothing has been a major undertaking, but just little changes/additions here and there to make life a little easier on Mommy and thereby contributing to a happier, hopefully less chaotic home.  Plus, I’m all about trying to give the girls a little more responsibility as they grow.  HENCE, their new laundry corner…

If there’s one thing I’m starting to learn it’s that kids actually like to do a lot of things on their own, but it HAS to be accessible and it has to be presented in an appealing way (which is not always easy).  So a couple weeks ago I gave Layla and Kenley a simpler way to deal with the laundry in their room.  Their previous laundry basket was in their closet, making it out of sight for guests, but also out of mind for the girls…not to mention difficult for Kenley to access!  So I told the girls my plan for a solution and we headed to the store!  We picked out some colorful Command hooks (I promise I don’t work for them…I just love their products!) and happened to find a cute little flexible laundry bin with handles that matched (Target, of course…don’t work for them either)!  Layla was very into the whole thing since she got to pick what color.  Kenley being kind of young just nodded in agreement, probably not sure what she was agreeing to.  But at least she felt included! =)

When we got home, we simply attached the Command hooks to the side of the changing table/dresser at an appropriate height and placed their new little laundry bin directly beside it.  Everything fit perfectly in a back corner of the room, allowing the laundry to be concealed from the doorway and the majority of the rest of their room.  The bin I chose is a great size…big enough to hold a decent amount of laundry, but low enough to the ground so they can put their clothes in with ease.  In the mornings, the girls hang their p.j.’s on the hooks if they’re good for another use or toss them in the bin! And at night…dirty clothes…laundry bin!  Layla’s really taken to the idea of hanging her p.j.’s and Kenley loves throwing her stuff in the basket!  Kenley (18 mos.) still struggles a bit with the mechanics of hanging her pajamas, but it’s a great opportunity for Layla to practice her big sister skills and help!  And best part…Mommy’s not picking up everybody’s clothes…as much! (Baby steps! =))  For now its one more step in the right direction and maybe ONE day I’ll have the organized home I dream of! =)

kid's laundry cornerSo please, tell me…what are some things you do to tame your chaos? Or do you not have any?! The answer better not be yes! =)

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