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DIY Lego Tray: Organizational Toys!

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We love Legos. They are easy to play with, incredibly fun to create with, and excellent learning and building toys. But they can be a huge mess! Little parts get left all over the house every time my kids play with them. And they hate having to drag mom and dad all the way to their rooms, or dragging their design all the way to us and risk ruining it just to show it off. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some great answer to all of these little problems? Well we found one!

We have seen lots of those pop-up Lego storage totes and mats but they all seem just a little too expensive for such an easy fix so we set out to find something easy, cheap, and quick. Guess what, we did! We found a great site that offers incredibly simple ideas for at home projects, and we found a DIY Lego Tray. Somewhat Simple is a great site if you are looking for simple answers to problems around the house. They give incredibly easy-to-follow instructions with terrific photos. We were so excited to find their Lego tray Tutorial that we just had to share it with our readers.

What You Will Need:

Tray (or make one with some plywood and 1×2 boards, instructions on Somewhat Simple!)
Gorilla Glue
Lego baseplate

You can decorate your tray with paint and even customize it with your child’s name. We bet you could even do this to a table top instead of a tray if you wanted! We are so excited to try the tray, we can’t wait for our Legos to all be in one place, and be easily transported with ease! It might even make a great birthday or Christmas present! So head on over to Somewhat Simple now to get the full tutorial, and don’t forget to check out their other great and simple solutions for in the home!

Organization: Kids Room Bookshelves

Kids room bookshelves

As moms we are constantly trying to stay two steps ahead of the clutter that quickly multiplies in our households. It isn’t always easy. Especially when we have our little “helpers” constantly rearranging toys, books, and clothes when they use them. In our house we have a lot, and I mean a lot, of books. My office is filled with books, the living room has books, the bathrooms have books, and even my kitchen has its fair share. So it didn’t surprise me that my kids’ rooms soon filled up with books. There are plenty of them, and not plenty of space. This was my biggest issue this week.

I wanted desperately to find a way to feature the books in a fun and accessible way. My problem is there is not any room for furniture in that room. It is already filled with a bed, dresser, wardrobe, closet doors, and a window that takes up almost one whole wall. So I began searching for a better way to display and have access to the kids books when I stumbled upon a friend’s Pinterest page. She had ikea spice racks pinned as an idea for bookshelves in a child’s room. The idea seemed interesting. So I looked at them. The spice racks were sturdy, and they were only $5. I love a bargain. They were also unfinished so I can paint or stain them to match my kids’ room.

I still needed a place to hang them when it struck me. I have plenty of space behind their bedroom door. I could hang the shelves side-by-side in the corner behind the door and that would display them when my kids are in their room, and keep the clutter out of the way, while also using up unused space. Perfect! I have begun hanging them this weekend, but realize I will still need more shelves, they really do have a lot of books. But since it is such a great idea I wanted to share some pictures and ideas in case other moms out there are fighting with a similar problem.

DIY Chore Chart

DIY Chore Chart

Do your kids have chores to complete at home each day? Do they each have their own routine of goals to accomplish like making their bed, cleaning their room, taking out the trash, setting the table, or feeding the dog or cat? Do you ever find that some of these chores are being forgotten because your kids cannot remember all of their daily chores? Well we have a great idea for a chore chart that will look nice in your house and help keep your kids organized and ready for their daily routine.

One of the goals in my house this year has been to try and stay organized. That can be a difficult task when parents work and children are at school, sometimes important jobs fall by the wayside and we all get a little behind. Well one way to help keep that from happening is to organize a list of things that need to be done before we get whined or forget them. Chore charts or lists are helpful to everyone not just our children, though let’s face it they sometimes need to be reminded more than we do. So why not take a little time one Saturday and get a chart made up for your household. You will be very glad you did when you spot your kids with all of their jobs done and your house clean and organized.

A Lemon Squeezy Home, a blog run by Christie a Mom of three busy kids, has an excellent chore chart that will not only keep your kids organized but also make them excited to use the chore chart and check for chores! With just a little work you can have an attractive chore chart that will look great in your home and keep your home organized and running smoothly. Don’t forget to check out A Lemon Squeezy Home for detailed directions and some incredible photos of the chore chart.

What You Will Need:

Magnetic sheet (there are 8×12 sheets available at Home Depot and other hardware stores)
Mod Podge and brush
Magnets
Wooden circles (available at Michaels, Joann’s, and Hobby Lobby)
Spray Paint
Frames
Printable labels
Printable Charts

What You Will Do:

1. You can begin by cutting the metal sheets to the size of your frames. Next use the mod podge to adhere the chore chart to the metal sheet. Allow to dry fully.
2. Now place the chore chart in the picture frame (make sure to remove the glass because you will not need it).
3. Now you can mod podge the chore labels (with one chore on each label) onto the wooden circles. Allow to dry fully.
4. Now you can use the mod podge to adhere the magnets to the backs of the wooden circles. You may need to mod podge the other side of the magnet as well so that it does not leave black circles on the chore chart when in use. Allow to dry fully.
5. Now you can hang your chore chart for each child and they can have fun moving their chores from “to do” to “done” as they go about their day.