Our play kitchen is one of the most utlised pieces we’ve ever bought for Miss 5 and Miss 2. But, it is ALWAYS a mess. They take things out, move them around, throw them on the floor and occasionally role play.
So, I decided to join others before me by reorganising it and creating it into an actual work place and storage area for them, with the idea that they can carry out independent tasks and contribute to the family, whilst learning practical life skills.
I decluttered (of course!!) the play kitchen and removed all toys and pretend play – e.g. felt food, play plates and bowls, cookware (except the pottery tea set, it’s perfect for them to access for tea parties and teddy bear picnics!). Then the best bit, restocking and organising it!! And, it has been a hit! Miss 5, woke in the morning, and loved it: ''thank you mama, I love you for doing this for me!" and told her sister to say thank you to me.
I still let play happen at the kitchen, splashing and swirling water, as the sensory experience engrosses them for often long periods! The next addition I’d like to make is adding access to water at all times to be able to drink and add to the sink to wash up. Montessori in Real Life features a great idea for this!
Home organisation doesn't have to be an all or nothing process, nor something that you achieve and never think about again (oh if only!).
Choosing to wait for that free weekend coming up (in 6 months time), or when the kids finally learn to put the toys away themselves (anyone?!), can lead to added frustration and even resentment.
Take the pressure off and treat yourself to a 15 Mini Minute Overhaul with these steps to declutter the kitchen:
What other areas in your home would like to do a quick declutter of? Let me know!
I have received a lot of questions about the daily organiser I now use to organise my week. It's fairly new, but I'm loving it!
Even though we live in technology a driven time, paperwork still useful, inevitable, and certainly has its place - unless its cluttering the kitchen bench!
I use it for papers that I may need to take to work the next day, concert tickets, reminder notes, mail to post. And with Miss C starting school this year, no doubt it will be used for all those bits and pieces!
Make your own using IKEA's OSBIT Plate Holder.
Image source: IKEA Australia OSBIT Plate Holder
Preschool Mom's days of the week printable was the most simple I found, which I laminated and cut to size.
I'd love to hear any successes with these, or how you organise any papers for the week!
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