This is something I have been wanting to do for a while now. D's toys have just been put in bins, bags, baskets and on shelfs with no real organization. When she would look for something she would make a HUGE mess. She liked to pull everything out and play with it all at once then 5 minutes later get bored and walk away. I've tried a few different kinds of organizing methods but none that have helped her with cleaning. I can tell her where things go and she'll put it there but she never would do it on her own.
So last week I took advantage of my nesting mode and went and bought a bunch of organizers. I then took all her toys and dumped them in the living room after she had gone to bed and started sorting them so everything had a place to go. When I was done I took a picture of each organizers contents. I then printed off the pictures, laminated them, then taped the picture to the front of the corresponding drawer.
So far Delilah has LOVED cleaning up, and is more willing to clean up what she is doing before getting a new toy out. I can tell her to go put her cars away and she knows right where the cars go, even if the car drawer gets switched with the train drawer because of the pictures.
I have also noticed she plays with her toys more and for longer periods of time now that they are organized. I think before when I had them all in bags and bins she forgot what she had and wouldn't play with certain things because she couldn't see them. Now she will see the potato head container and ask to play with the potato heads or trains or legos or whatever.
So it has been a success and I am so happy to have crossed if off my list of things to do. Let's hope she keeps cleaning up and the bins don't all become "random" drawers.
Side note: someone asked a while ago where we found D's bert, ernie, and brobee. We got Bert at Amazon.com, Ernie at a super store out here called Meijer, and Brobee at Barns and Noble.
Above: This is an old organizer we had from a few years ago, I believe I got this from wal mart also.
we got D's kitchen set at a garage sale this summer for 10 bucks. We went to the salvation Army the other day looking for frames and found the matching kitchen Island that goes with it for 8 bucks. If we had the room for it you know I would have bought it. ... stupid small apartment... keep me from getting a matching set...
Above: I got these bins at the dollar store. They break if they are stepped on but who can complain when they were a buck each? Our craft/preschool closet is also full of these bins.
Above: here are the pictures I took for the labels.
(yes she still has her binkie at nap and night time, we are going to kick it soon, and yes she does have food all over her face)
I think she looks silly here, like it's a mug shot or something.