By Natalie Brown
1. Attach old planter baskets to the side of the sandbox for easy toy storage.
Bonus: you can easily rinse them all off with the garden hose without getting the sandbox soaked.
2. Label aluminium buckets so it's easy to pick out what they want to play with that day (and put it away afterward).
3. Install a curtain rod with clip shower curtain rings to turn costume storage into wall art.
4. The same trick also works for princess dresses.
5. Or, you can build a little costume closet that features a built-in catch-all bin.
6. Store Legos in wire drawers, by color.
This is especially helpful when you get to the point that you have more Legos than you know what to do with.
7. OR put together this cool Lego table with a couple of plastic drawer units and big sheets of building board.
8. Keep minifigure madness at bay with a storage wall that’s also a display.
They won’t fall over because they have little strips of Lego building board holding them in place.
9. Glue some extra building board to the top of pencil boxes to make it easy to bring Legos on the road.
10. Give each card game a designated plastic box.
That way, they stack neatly in the closet.
11. And each puzzle a designated pencil bag.
This makes them easy to grab and bring with you to keep the kids entertained.
12. Stack bigger board games vertically, either in a storage ottoman or in a drawer.
It makes it easy to find what you want and pull it out, book-style.
13. Organize action figures in an over-the-door shoe caddy.
14. And (maybe the most classic of all over the door shoe caddy tricks) Barbies.
15. Hang a swath of tulle from Command hooks to create a stuffed animal perch.
16. Keep last minute shoe-searches to a minimum ~and~ make sure everyone always knows when grandma’s coming with this calendar/shoe caddy combo.
17. Install a backpack and homework command station for each kiddo.
They can drop their backpacks in the same spot each day, and you could use the chalkboards for reminders or to-do lists.
18. Or hang seat sacks on the back of their homework chairs.
19. Put together a pretty supply box that holds everything they might need for their homework projects.
20. Or, keep it all in a chalkboard art caddy.
21. Save time on school mornings by asking your child to pick out their outfits for the week every Sunday.
22. Or, paint door hangers with chalkboard paint so you can keep track of what activities the day’s clothes will have to endure.
23. Or, just print out these free templates.
These are best if you need the lowest-cost, lowest-stress version of this solution.