Friday, January 30, 2015

A Little More Organized

I love organization, but sometimes it's just so overwhelming with a house full of toys and educational materials.  Recently I decided to try to organize the puzzles.  Reid especially enjoys puzzles, so we have a fairly large collection.  And guess what?  Twelve boxes of puzzles take up a lot of space!

So I found these black snap folders at Big Lots.  A four pack is $3.00.  They turned out to be just right for organizing puzzles.  I cut out the picture from the puzzle box and taped it to the front of each file folder, so they can locate the puzzle they want and work it with ease.


See the row of black folders behind Pierce's shoulder?  Now all those big, bulky puzzle boxes are converted to a small, 8 inch stretch of bookshelf space.  It was the perfect solution!

Now, if only I could figure out something to do with all the board games....

28 comments:

Heather said...

What a great idea! I have been trying to figure out what to do with all the kids toys lately. We have moved beyond the days of it all fitting in one toy box unfortunately. They have so many open ended toys, that the pieces are always all over the place. I am thinking of the whole "switch out the toys" organizational model, but I don't want to take the time to be switching them out all the time...but I have to come up with something! I recently just put all of our puzzles in ziploc bags then put them all in a clear bin on a shelf.

Jacquelineand.... said...

An absolutely brilliant solution Lisa! (And what a great model!)

Out on the prairie said...

Play those games until they wear out.Nice to organize, it comes easier after the kids move away.HA!

Linda E said...

I like organization too, and you were so wise to do this with the puzzles, and now have more room.

April Lou said...

Come do mine! This was a really good out of the box idea! Kudos. I love Big Lots. It's somewhat of an obsession.

mail4rosey said...

Board games really do take up so much room! But we love them. :)

This is a great idea with the puzzles!

Sally said...

That is awesome, Lisa. Good job. And, Pierce could NOT be any cuter. :)

TexWisGirl said...

that's slick!!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

That's a great idea! We have so much "stuff" stored in the basement, but Larry did a really good job with putting things in plastic tubs when possible. We bought several big shelving units to stack things on.

Sorry I've been missing this week. Am still fighting illnesses and on my third antibiotic. :-(

Karen S. said...

Now that's more than progress, that's working genius!

Ginny said...

This is brilliant! Yes, I have seen these black folders. You are an organizing genius!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Now that is a great idea! I could use some help at my house if you want to stop over.....

Mila said...

I am usually super organized, but nowadays with the baby.. not so much!

Enie Dub said...

That's a great "life hack"!

alissa apel said...

That's a great idea to do with puzzles. We have ours in plastic bags. They go in Mica's locker.

A Quiet Corner said...

The puzzles here in the "toy box" are in ziplock bags. That is a super idea!!...:)JP

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your boys have the most beautiful smiles!!
love
tweedles

M.E. Masterson said...

fabulous idea! would come in handy for grandma at the nursing home too!

Harry Flashman said...

It's always a pill trying to organize things, and then it's even worse trying to keep them organized thereafter.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I hear you on trying to keep everything organized. That was a great idea for the puzzles

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

What a good idea!

Lin said...

Good thinking!

Michelle said...

great idea

Endah Murniyati said...

I need new bookself to make my collection well organized.

Annette said...

I love your idea. You are much more solutions oriented than me (as all I do is wish I had a bigger house to make room for the clutter!) I can use some organization around my neck of the woods.

Michael Manning said...

This was so cool, I read it twice. Great idea!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I remember those days! I left all my teaching materials, also the kid's hand-me-down stuff, in my classroom. Sometimes I wish I hadn't!

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too! said...

That's a great idea! Thank you for sharing!