I cannot tell you how much money I’ve spent on boxes, baskets, and containers to corral the video game mess in the craft room. I have organized and reorganized that area hundreds of times. Each time by myself. Every year or so, I go out and buy a new container that I think everything will fit into–and then the container itself doesn’t fit on the shelf under the television. IF it happens to fit, the kids don’t put everything back into it the correct way–my way.
I know. Please no suggestions about how I should get them into the habit of cleaning up after themselves. They do. It lasts a day, and then we go through the whole process over again.
This morning I went to the local craft store and bought some nice baskets that I thought would do the trick. They were half-off the regular price. Score! I brought them home and called my daughter to me. I handed the baskets to her and assigned her the job of reorganizing the video game area. The only thing I told her was to let me know if the baskets wouldn’t fit on the shelf.
Twenty minutes later, I have a beautifully organized space. AND I didn’t have to spend hours trying to make sense of it all. She even took a few minutes to label some games, so she could find them at a glance.
Now to get her to organize our school area.