Alarming Organisation

There are many reasons why I’m addicted to my smartphone but lately I’ve been making use of a feature I’ve been ignoring for years.

At the moment I have 9 alarms set on my phone. There are alarms reminding me to take the boys to/from playgroup, give/take medicine, tidy the living room… basically an alarm for anything I forget to do. (That is almost everything then!)

Some tips for helping the alarm system to work:

  • Don’t just set loads and hope for the best. If you set ones you don’t need you’ll just get into the habit of ignoring your phone.
  • Set different alarm tones for different things. Again, variety is what you need.
  • Get to know what feature you can use. There is almost no need to download an extra app as long as you experiment.
  • If you can, set alarms for the days you’ll need them. For example, the boys go to playgroup on the same 2 days every week. I don’t need alarms for the other 5 days.

What do you do to keep yourself organised?

The Great Toy Sort Out

This time of year, my house is always overrun with toys. It doesn’t matter how much I think I’ve sorted before Christmas – by the time Santa has finished his rounds I am usually waist deep in board books, tiny cars and Play-Doh.

With three children, the sight of it all can be quite overwhelming. I usually spend January hiding myself away from it. This year, however, I have resolved to be more organised – putting the Great Toy Sort Out at the top of the list. You can read more about my New Year, New Me linky here.

Sorting out the toys is such a big job, only a list will do.

Step One: The Chuck-Out (Phase One)

Methodically work drawer-to-drawer, room-to-room. Put everything broken or with missing pieces into a bag. If you can’t fix the items or find the missing pieces, throw them in the bin.

Step Two: The Chuck-Out (Phase Two)

You should be left with nothing broken or with missing parts. Now we have to suss out what’s played with and what else can leave. Do this without the children there because they will want everything they see. Bag up everything they never seem to play with and keep out of sight. Wait a week, then sell/give to charity everything they haven’t asked for.

Step Three: Finding The Homes.

Everything you have left should be things they play with or perhaps some sentimental toys. You could just throw it all in some toy boxes but in my experience, it’s better to put different items in different places. First take everything you kept for sentimental reasons, put it in a box and put the box away somewhere. Then find homes for all the other toys/books. Think about new storage solutions if you need to – could some of the messier toys (such as Lego) live in the bedrooms rather than the main living space?

How do you keep y0ur child’s toys organised?