Life with kids is interesting: you run behind them all the time, try to make sure they won’t get hurt and you always find yourself cleaning up their sweet mess. Imagine you didn’t have to do all that for some hours per day- how does that sound? Well, if you follow these tips, rest assured that you’ll save yourself some time and effort. Are you ready?
1. Repurpose Old Bottles
Don’t throw away old baby bottles. Repurpose them to cover doorknobs to prevent your kids from getting locked in a room or from opening doors they shouldn’t.
2. Nailed It!
Those sippy cups can get messy. Just poke a hole in the cup and put a straw in there: problem solved!
3. Earn TV Time
Have your children earn their TV time by completing tasks during the day. This will keep them organized and make them helpful without even noticing.
4. Slip No More
Prevent your running toddler from slipping when wearing only their socks by painting the bottom of the socks with fabric paint.
5. Dramatic Play
Sometimes, while doing the dishes, your kids might ask to help you, but we all know how this is bound to end up. So, instead, you can use a bin as their “sink” and have them play “washing the dishes” there.
6. Popsicle Drip Catcher
Popsicles tend to drip like hell, so use a coppe cup lid upside down and make the perfect drip catcher.
7. Learn While Playing
Legos can help your child with spelling, while making learning fun. Isn’t it brilliant?
8. Personal Playground
Use an old fitted sheet to make a playground for your little one while at the beach. This way you’ll keep your child in one place and also sand away from your bags and their toys/food.
9. Unleash Their Inner Picasso
We all know toddlers and older kids have the tendency to write and paint everywhere- from couches to walls. So why not offer them a nice space to express their creativity? Old card boxes are ideal for this job.
10. Tape Works Wonders
If you’re tired of hearing the sounds your children’s toys make, then use some tape to cover the speaker. Much better now, right?
11. Laundry Basket For The Win
Laundry baskets work wonders in the bath tub. They make it easier for your little one to keep their toys close and they don’t get overwhelmed by the huge -in their eyes- tub.
12. Keep The Carpet Clean
When your little one is eating, it’s only normal that breadcrumbs or juices from fruit will fall on the carpet. A plastic basket is a genius idea to prevent this from happening.
13. Bubble Refill
Use a drink dispenser as a bubble solution dispenser. This way kids will refill their bubble cups on their own and you will have to worry about one less thing.
14. Eating Out
When you’re at a restaurant with young kids, they tend to get bored easily and then complain for the whole night. Be prepared and take with you a distraction kit so that everyone is happy.
15. Draw On The Floor?
Is drawing on the floor an option? Yes, if you have covered it with a vinyl bath curtain. You might want to try it next time.
16. Organize Your Snacks
When packing for a trip, make sure you organize the child’s snacks too, in a food-safe plastic organizer- to make sure they’ll have what they need and you’ll easily find it.
17. Keep Them Busy
Keep your toddlers busy by giving them a brush and a can of water and asking them to paint the fence. What a genius idea!
18. No-Mess Eating
Use popsicle sticks to make sure your kid will enjoy their fruit without having to get their fingers messy.
19. Magnetic Board
Attaching a magnetic board to one of the walls in your child’s room will let them express their creativity, practice spelling and so much more.
20. Level Expert
This parent nailed it with their idea! Maybe more of us should try it!
21. Picture Labels
If your kids can’t read yet, you can use picture labels for their toys so that get used to organizing them properly.
22. Custom Toy Chest
Just buy a toy chest, paint it in your child’s favorite color and glue some letters to make up their name. There you have it- simple and practical.
23. Puzzle Organization
Organize puzzle sets in pouches so that you don’t lose any pieces. This looks like it could work!
24. Wire Basket
Use a wire basket like this one to put your kid’s stuffed animals in and keep them organized, while they can see them at all times.
25. Diaper Bag
Use a diaper bag for your car so that you know at all times where everything is. Here’s a bag idea for you.
26. Wicker Baskets
If you’re not into plastic baskets, then you can use wicker ones for the toys organization. Not only are they practical, but they look vintage and cute too!
27. Tier Wall Garage
Instead of having toy cars lying all over the floor, you can get a tier garage to put up on your wall so that your child can park their cars there.
28. Metal Bins
Metal bins are also a great substiture for plastic. You can add them on your shelves and make your life easier.
29. Car Parking Alternative
If you did like the wall garage idea, but are looking for an alternative, you can get a magnetic knife strip and park the toy cars here.
Follow the instructions here to make your own storage compartments to hide under the bed. Everyone knows there’s plenty of space there that we don’t usually take advantage of.
31. Toy Display
If you find that there are niniature toys your kids don’t play with anymore, you can display them on the wall using photo frames.
32. Vintage Storage
If you’re looking for something rustic-looking and vintage-feeling, maybe this wooden storage unit is for you. Find all the details here.
33. Reading Corner
Find out here how to turn an IKEA rack into a cozy couch and storage space for your child’s bedroom.
34. Board Game Storage
Here’s an easy board game hack. Just put them in a hanging shelf unit like these ones.
35. DIY Toy Box
Here’s how you can make a wooden toy box at home. They look super cute and there’s nothing better than handmade!
36. DIY Ladder Shelf
This is how you can use a wooden ladder to transform it into a storage unit. Easy and practical!
37. Outfit Organization
Having to think what clothes your child will be wearing the next day at school every night is a bummer. So, why not organize all of them ahead of time?
Assign a bucket to each of your kids and have them pick up any toys they have left in the living room, take them back to their room and then put the bucket back in place. This way you teach both organizing skills and responsibility.
39. Visualization Of Tasks
Telling your kids what they have to do over and over again sometimes doesn’t work. Help them visualize their tasks like this, make expactations clearer and your life easier.
40. DIY Closet Organization
Organize your kids’ closets and help them find their stuff more easily. This way they will become more autonomous and you won’t have to find their clothes for them every time.
41. Doll Organization
Grab a vertical shoe hanger with clear pockets and store your kids’ dolls there- label them optionally. You’ll find there will be fewer stray dolls on the floor.