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ORGANIZING MATILDA'S ROOM

Ok, holler if you hear me. The toy/book/clothing situation at my house is outtacontrol. I basically just keep Matilda's room in a state of constant chaos because as soon as I clean it, it looks exactly the same as it did before. My little one is a vivacious, curious soul. Wouldn't change that for the world. Just trying to figure out how to make her room work for her. This weekend we are planning on gutting and reorganizing her room with shelving + hooks and fun storage bins specific to different things like: art supplies, dress-up clothes, instruments, etc. I want to be able to bring a basket down, have her play her heart out and then be able to clean up the aftermath in a hurry. The main dilemma right now are the books. They are everywhere! I love them so much, I just don't want to see them (and their jackets that are always removed) on the floor. Matilda's room is such a happy place when it's clean. Solutions welcomed!

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  1. I always make Vada clean up her toys and books and she's really good at it now! Toy baskets/boxes to organize help because she can just pick the stuff up off the floor, throw it where it goes and close it up. I love those striped storage containeres in your picture. Oh and I take the jackets off books and put them away, bc those are just impossible to keep straight. Our biggest problem are these GIANT things that Greg's parents buy for her. She got huge cardboard brick blocks that don't fit anywhere, and a gigantic, bigger-than-she-is stuffed hippo for Christmas?! I think the divorced grandparents try to outdo each other every year.

    We are working on Vada's big girl room now, too. Can't wait to see your finished product!

    Longest comment I've ever written, sorry! haha :)

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    1. you are my organized mom guru! clearly taking off the jackets and making matilda clean up are popular suggestions. learning! cracking up about the competitive grandparents. i can't wait to see vada's big girl room!

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  2. We take the jackets off the books as well. I also took out all her "baby books" that she doesn't look at much anymore. They are being saved for Isla.
    I also would use some under the bed space as well, for maybe flat bins that hold clothes she doesn't wear at the moment. And make her clean up, at night before bed. Amelia will not get a book read to her until she cleans up. she will do it if you make it a routine and give her lots of praise. We do the clean up song, it really does work!

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    1. we def need to organize and put away what is no longer being loved on! love the suggestion about not doing storytime until the room is clean. brillz!

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  3. hey lady. since i just moved, i am dealing with all of this right now! i went to ikea and bought these under the bed box things from the kids section. they certainly are not as cute as i would like, but they slide under the bed and just velcro shut. its not exactly organized either, we sort of just threw whatever would fit in there, but, you cant see it! we also bought these little pink fabric bins from ikea for all of her stuffed animals. the only other thing i can tell you is put everything in bins on shelves and she has to ask to get things down! xoxoxoox i want to see you soon, i know we always say that!

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    1. hey girl! let's get the girls together asap. before parker grows out of her tutu! we fo sho need to take a trip to ikea. bins are clearly a necessity!

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  4. i.feel.you. my kids (and everything they own) share a room, and it is constant chaos. one thing that worked for us was moving the books from their room to bookshelves in our living room. we read to them there anyway, so it works for us. they still drag them out, but it's very simple for them to put them away at the end of the night. if that works for you, i highly recommend it! good luck... :)

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    1. hi deAnna! great suggestion about mingling the books. only problem is that we don't have books in our tiny living room. hope you and those adorable kiddos are doing so well!

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  5. Man, I deal with this with Milo and Jude. Cari is the cleanest person I know (she mops every day . . . what on earth?), and yet there are toys EVERYWHERE and it drives me BANANAS. I'm constantly picking up their toys and throwing them into bins, and then one of them dumps the bin over and I just . . . sigh. I think it's about learning to be comfortable with the chaos. A huge lesson for me!

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  6. I really like the room. Can you remember what paint you used on the walls?

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    1. thanks! benjamin moore prescott green :)

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