Who doesn’t love a ‘To Do’ list?
It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the month of February. Like many people, I love making lists. I started the year with great intentions and made my own 2018 ‘To Do’ list to help me achieve my short and long-term goals. I admit, I felt very smug that I was so organised so early on in the year. Sadly, that didn’t last long. I keep my list tucked away in my handbag and occasionally take it out and look at it knowing full well I have not crossed off a single thing so far. Don’t panic, I have a strangely comforting fact for you; a whopping 89% of people don’t regularly finish their to-do lists! So we are not alone!
If you’re in the same boat as me and one of the items on your 2018 ‘To Do’ list just so happens to be ‘clear the spare room for the new baby’, ‘sort out the kids stuff’ or simply ‘make some space’ then I have the motivation you need to get that one crossed off your list!
Nobody needs to start their day by treading on an incredibly painful piece of Lego left at the foot of the stairs. I would rather not be rudely awakened by my daughter’s Furby in the middle of the night or be attacked by my son’s Despicable Me Fart Blaster aka “best toy ever!” … oh yes what could possibly be better than giving a kid a gun-shaped machine that farts?! Then there is the GIGANTIC cuddly toy won at a fete, ours is George the teddy bear. Not a day will pass where you don’t have to move it out of the way or in my case just physically attack it! Sorry George.
Whatever your reason for needing to hide away the kids toys, games and everything in between is completely 100% justifiable. You have my full support! I’ve come up with a list (yes, another one) of my top tips on how to store your children’s things so they look as good as the day you wished you’d never bought them.
My Top 10 Tips
- When it comes to hand-me-downs, it’s important to check they are dry before placing them in long term storage.
- Use unscented detergent to keep away unwanted bugs or rodents.
- Place all clothes in a plastic bin with a lid. Avoid vacuum-sealed storage bags, as they might lead to mould or mildew.
- Disinfect toys with a simple bleach/water solution.
- Place hard toys in a small mesh bag and run through the dishwasher.
- Many stuffed toys can be machine washed and dried on low or out in the sun.
- Look for cracks in toys where your baby might have chewed and throw them out if you see any damage.
- Some stuffed toys can’t go in the washing machine. Put them in a plastic bag in your freezer for 24 hours to sanitise.
- If you need to store high chairs, cribs, or swings, use plastic bins if you can. Otherwise, pack them away in sturdy boxes.
- A final piece of advice is to take a picture of how items (especially cribs) look before you take them apart. Pictures are worth 1000 words.
I hope these tips and ideas really help you to tackle that growing pile of children’s clutter in your home, a sight many parents are all too familiar with!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner why not be smart and take your children’s things to MyStore Self Storage for safe keeping and to give you some extra room at home. MyStore is a modern, clean, dry, secure and easy to access self storage facility in Witney, Oxfordshire. They sell a wide range of cardboard and plastic boxes which are perfect for storing away toys. They are pretty good at writing lists too.