This tip comes from my reader Nancy…
A way to save money on organizing and storing all the stuff children “collect” is to save the boxes that groceries and other store bought things come in. I saved boxes from diapers, wipes, cereal, tissues, etc. in all different sizes. When my girls get a new toy with pieces or start a new “collection” we will find a box the right size, cover it in decorative contact paper and put a label on the box that is cut from a picture on the toy’s packaging and secured with clear contact paper. This gives the toy and it’s accessories, or all like toys (ex. Littlest Pet Shop, Matchbox cars) a labeled place to be put away. Cereal boxes can be cut down to the needed size. It costs about $5-6 for a large roll of contact paper at Walmart and it can be used to cover many boxes, especially if you are careful when you measure and cut what you will need for various sized boxes. Large diaper boxes are great for dress up clothes, building blocks, barbie cars/horses/etc. Tissue boxes are !
great for small toys like Polly pockets, action figures, army men, etc.
I cut the tops and flaps off the boxes before covering them and have boxes that my girls have been using for more than 9 years without needing to be replaced. It is much cheaper than purchasing bins to put everything in, and since you were planning to throw it away to begin with, you can throw it away if it gets damaged.
My girls’ shelves are filled with these boxes with the pictures on them so they know what pieces go where when it is time to clean up too.
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