Many of my clients have small children and ask for my recommendations for storing kid toys. I always advise them to first assess what their kids really love and play with often. Kids get overwhelmed by having too much clutter just as adults do, and it is up to you to curb the shopping and help them edit! Once you have decided what can go, I suggest donating the rest to your favorite charity or shelter.
Now that you have picked the faves it is time to organize and store them. Luggage tags are great for labeling the contents or you can use laminated labels or even print pictures. Combine like items to keep it simple. For example, everything with wheels can be labeled “Things That Go” and placed together in one bin. I love storing our bins on this simple Pottery Barn bookshelf so my daughter can pull out her toys and clean up by herself.
There are so many bins on the market now ranging in price and style.
With time at an all time minimum I have been on the prowl for quick delicious ways to feed myself and my family. My brother is an incredibly talented chef and has taught me that everything tastes better if you add butter, shallots and fresh herbs. He also taught me this easy formula for yummy salads: Always add a cheese, a fruit and a nut! He makes a mean blueberry salad with candied pecans and goat cheese. Also loving almonds, cherries and Parmesan.
My new go-to easy dish is fresh pasta with olive oil, garlic and lots of black pepper, Parmesan, and parsley. It literally takes ten minutes to make and my whole family loves it. You can also toss in prosciutto or fresh veggies for variation.
I also have become obsessed with Gabi Moskowitz’s food & lifestyle blog which offers simple tasty recipes on a shoestring budget.
Sooooo, I was at a client’s house, helping her organize her kitchen, and I noticed a breakfast schedule posted to her refrigerator.
It looked a little something like this:
Monday: Eggs, potatoes and sausage
Tuesday: Cereal, yogurt and fruit
Wednesday: Breakfast burrito
Thursday: Waffles and berries
Friday: Fruit smoothie
Just that very morning I had been juggling my active toddler and newborn baby, wondering what on earth to make for breakfast amidst the am chaos. I thought how much easier it would be with a simple guide like this. Inspired, I created my own breakfast schedule including our family faves and now my husband and I take turns throwing together whatever is posted for the day. I also brainstormed a list of creative options for when we run out of something or want to mix it up a bit.
Obsessed with these beautiful hand blown glass candle holders I spotted on my favorite decorating show, Home By Novagratz!
Created by a cancer survivor, they are intended to inspire hope and healing in their simple beauty.
I also love that they have a Glassy Baby of the month club where they feature seasonal “bouquet” of colors. I want one for the bathroom, the bedroom and the kitchen but at forty dollars a pop I will have to be selective. Hmmm….
We all get the same 24 hours and the only variable is how we spend that time.
Now, a mother of two and a small business owner, my time has felt more precious than ever.
I started thinking about how I spend my time and realized I was guilty of watching a slightly humiliating amount of TV.
This got me thinking…what if I removed the TV from my bedroom and replaced it with a stack of books?
I have decided to do just that and today I disconnected our TV and cable box and replaced them with some pretty flowers and a pile of books and magazines that I am excited to read. I am also planning to create a basket of kids books so I can read my girls stories instead of watching a show with them.
I find that when I walk into the room it feels so different. Now, it is a room that invites me to rest, think, read, be creative. I realized how much time I was squandering on TV and am excited to see how removing it will impact my life and how I spend my time.
Do you have thoughts about the role of television in your life? Would love to hear from you!