Parents have you had your fair share of stepping on legos and other surprisingly pointy toys? Yea, Ouch! Whether your little one is still learning how to clean up their toys, or if you spend x-amount of time picking up every day...there doesn't have to be any more stress around this topic!
Organizing toys made easy....throw them all away! Just Kidding :)
Although, I'm sure many of you have either wanted to or threatened to do so- c'mon, we're human!
Here are a 5 main methods I use to keep our "play area" & the
toddler's bedroom in relative order.
Note: her main/favorite toys are in her room, and we're lucky to have a bigger space in our basement that we use for all the bigger toys/activities.
Some parents love the idea of DIY projects...and parents are turned off by the thought of it. I LOVE it! Whether it's crafting something for your home's decor, making a hand-made hostess gift for a friend, goodies & favors for a party, holiday decorations, or even keeping your little one occupied with a new and fun activity...the DOLLAR STORE has become my favorite place to get supplies to do all these things!
I mean you can find almost ANYTHING you need for $1.00! That sure beats spending way more money at other craft stores for pretty much the exact same item. Of course it goes without saying, but some Dollar Stores have more variety than others- so you may have to do some digging to find exactly what you're looking for.
My favorite Dollar Store project is an activity for my 2.5 year old Toddler.
She is at the age and developmental stage where she wants to help with everything, show off her independence, and practice being creative. I found the best watercolor set at the Dollar Store with a new Coloring Book AND an adorable painting apron...and for $3.00 she was entertained for hours....on multiple days. Quick, easy and fairly easy to clean up activity that she could do on her own (except tying her apron), and then feel good about "making a painting" for everyone in the family. I also found quite a bit of arts & crafts supplies like glue, pom poms, pipe cleaners and more. She loves gluing everything to her poster paper to "make an art project." :)
Even for Christmas, I bought a few simple stocking stuffers that she loved:
24 piece puzzle, glow sticks for the bath tub, play-doh, princess jewelry, chalk, bubbles, washable markers, and some brand name snacks that always win a toddler over.
To kick off the New Year, our family made a list of goals we'd like to work towards as a household. Part of that is eating healthier while also watching what we spend on food. Does that resonate with your family, too? To help make this magic happen, I decided to create a high-level "monthly meal plan" that I would write on our family board for everyone to see.
The concept came pretty easy! Each day of the week we have certain meal categories mapped out. Week 1 - 4 will have their own templates, and then voila...the month is mapped out & then I'll repeat it the following month. Of course that sounds like way too much work, right? I didn't want it to be daunting at all. I kept the categories rather vague to leave room for creativity & flexiblity. Also, this is by no means something I wanted to 100% commit to - cooking a huge meal every single day? What if we're going out for dinner? What if we're hosting people at our home? It could actually help in many ways, and waste less time having to think about what to make. Left overs are always an added bonus, and some meals can even be freezed for another time.
Take a peek at the outline below that I created for 1 Month worth of Meals, and I encourage you to try a version of this for your family. Happy Meal Planning!