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4 Moms Open House ~ Storage Solutions

Welcome to the 4 Moms (last) Open House! Today we are showing you our storage "solutions", although a better title for my post would probably be Storage "Issues" because I don't have solutions so much as issues.

Here is our out of season and hand me down clothes storage. We have 4 stacks, 4 boxes high in the garage against one wall. Whenever seasons change or growing children need "new" clothes or shoes, we go shopping in the garage.

Here are two girls who just yesterday got "new" shoes from a garage shopping trip.

Below is an example of how we manage our school storage. These pictures are from last year, though, and this year I have assigned each child an entire shelf for books, tub, and zippered pouch for supplies.

Each child also has a binder where she can keep important papers, drawings, exceptional work, etc. When the binder gets too full, the child culls some of the papers to make more room.

Be sure to come back next week to see the 4 Moms answer reader questions and check out these past 4 Moms topics:

Now, you get to share your storage solutions! Link up directly your post and be sure to include a link to 4 Moms in that post so your friends can join the fun.

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  1. I love the terminology you used when talking about “shopping” in the garage hand me downs. I can imagine kids could make it like a big game complete with play money and walmart sacks for their purchases. You might also be able to get a math lesson out of it? : )

  2. Good ideas, and pretty girls.
    thanks for sharing

  3. Oh my gosh, I totally had that same handwriting book when I was a kid :)

    My mom was a teacher at my school, and when the school switched to a different handwriting book (I think it was when I entered third grade too, which was the year we learned to write in cursive) my mom scooped up all of the old ones so that my sister and I could practice with them at home.

  4. i love this idea, we are really close to moving to bench seating instead of chairs. how does it work

  5. Aren’t the dishpans a great and inexpensive tools for storage? We have a few we use, too….cars, firemen/firetrucks…and a few for feet washing tubs at our pool steps and back door.

    Thanks for sharing how you utilize storage containers…

    Blessings ~

  6. I also store my kids clothes like that – although I like the containers you’ve used – I just have cardboard boxes, but they aren’t holding up so well!
    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  7. I like the bins for school supplies and folders. I am thinking about trying this out. It seems like notebooks and such are always falling over and then off the bookcase. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I just stumbled across your site and I found tons of helpful advice on here! I have 4 children five and under and most days I feel like I am barely keeping my head above water, so I need all the advice from others who have done it before me! My favorite organizing solution so far has come from anawhite.com and it is a “laundry dresser” you build to store laundry baskets. I never had time to sort, fold and put all the laundry away so I had mountains of baskets and clean laundry at the end of our bed. Not anymore! We all have our own baskets in the “dresser” Now, as the dryer is finished, I sort straight from the dryer into individual baskets and when I have time I put them in the drawers. If I don’t have time, at least the clothes are all sorted (daddy can find the right sizes this way!) and they are off the floor and in the laundry room out of sight! I may even start using them as dressers in their room. I wanted to upload a picture of mine, but the linky was closed. You can see it at anawhite.com though and she has the plans there as well.

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      @Cami, I would love to see that idea! I went to the website you listed, but there was nothing there, though. :(

  9. I’m sorry you couldn’t find the plans for the laundry dresser. Here is the link to the page. Hope it works for you.

    I did take a picture of mine but hers looks better because I have not painted mine yet.
    Thanks for responding to my post.


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