Toy Organizational #Fail


So I’ve been working a TON this week, and as I was picking up our toy area I noticed these… if you look closely the labels clearly say Legos and Sea Animals, and clearly that is NOT what is inside.

There are 6 other fabric drawers next to these with quite similar contents.  Books in the cars drawer, baby toys in the books drawer, and the list goes on.

Lesson?  Make sure instead of word labels you stick picture labels on each drawer…and maybe only one drawer allowed to be dumped out at a time?

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  • We use the same system for toys, fabric boxes. I have tried to label mine, but the stickers just fall off. What did you use for your labels and how do you keep them stuck on? Thanks in advance.

  • I don’t label ours. I actually have two units side by side. With a total of 12 baskets. I let my kids pick up and put everything away and most of the time they do a pretty good job. Usually once a month or so we’ll go through them one at a time and make sure everything is in it’s proper place. I thought about doing the picture labels at one time, but figured my kids would just rip them off. Also, they’re in our dining room since our condo is tiny and I wanted it to be as clean looking as possible. (if there is such a thing as clean with two small boys)

  • Helga, I use a regular ol’ Brother label maker. I make sure to stick it straight on and go over the label with my fingernail. Then I let it dry for a bit before using the drawer. They have stayed on pretty well, clearly just not used during actual cleanup time though!

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