Clean the Toy Clutter with a “Clutterbox”

No matter how hard I try, my house always seems to be a disaster. The second I finish cleaning one thing and move on to clean another,  my son is right there to dump out whatever it was I just cleaned. Its a vicious cycle. And it makes me crazy.

At the end of the night, I’m so exhausted from the happenings of the day, the last thing I want to do is put everything away. So my simple solution was to make a “clutterbox.” It’s functions pretty much how it  sounds. It’s a box for all the crap clutter that’s lying around the floor at the end of the night. But, its also pretty. So when you put it away, it looks like its part of your living space. You could also just get a toy box from the store, but we have yet to find one that we like. So I thought in the meantime, I would make something instead.

So, to make your own Clutterbox you will need:

A box
Contact paper

If you’re unfamiliar, contact paper is the stuff you use to line your silverware drawer and pantry shelves. There are a ton of different designs, you’re sure to find something you like. I got mine at the Dollar Store. AND I used a diaper box I had hanging around. So this little project cost me $1.

I cut the flaps off of the box to get them out of my way.

Clean the toy clutter with a clutterbox

Then as I unrolled the contact paper, I carefully stuck it to the box, wrapping it around.

I folded the bottom sort of how I would wrap a present. The short sides down first, then the long sides. You can use a bit of tape if you want also, but I didn’t find it to be necessary.

clean the toy clutter with a clutterbox

For the top of the box, aka, the open part, I cut a slit in the paper in each of the corners. I did that so each strip would lay flat and stick better.

clean the toy clutter with a clutterbox

My husband made of fun of me when I told him what I was doing. Then, after everything was tucked neatly in the box and the box was nicely put in place, he actually said, “Hm. I stand corrected. That actually looks pretty good.” Thanks, hon.

clean the toy clutter with a clutterbox

Now during nap time, and at the end of the night, I just scoop everything up and throw it all in the box. And I will never have to worry about stepping on a stupid toy in the middle of the night ever again.

Clean the Toy Clutter in Less Than 30 Seconds with a Homemade "Clutterbox."

What do you do to keep clutter in check?

February 26, 2016
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10 Comments

  • Reply Katie

    Love the name ‘clutter box’! I have one of these at the bottom of my stairs because I never want to walk upstairs to put stuff away

    February 26, 2016 at 8:29 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Exactly! Same here, except ours is upstairs.

      February 26, 2016 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Jules Ruud

    Too simple not to do. We have a toybox in the play room, but everyday toys end up all over the house. I should have a clutter box for every room. I love this idea.

    February 27, 2016 at 7:28 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Ha! Thanks! Same here, we have a toy box in each of their rooms and in the playroom. But they bring stuff upstairs all the time!

      February 27, 2016 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Kimberly Cox

    Love this idea. I have a ton of diaper and wipe boxes, just need some contact paper <3 Thanks for sharing 🙂

    February 29, 2016 at 8:43 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thanks! It’s so easy!!

      February 29, 2016 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Kristen

    I LOVE this idea, keeps the clutter contained!

    February 29, 2016 at 11:02 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thank you! Yes it does!!

      February 29, 2016 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Jen

    What a great idea! My clutter box is a laundry basket and it is not so very cute. Maybe a cute one would get me motivated more! Thanks for sharing!

    March 1, 2016 at 5:08 am
  • Reply Gaja

    Wow what an idea!!! I love this cutter box idea!!!
    Thanks for sharing

    December 15, 2017 at 8:35 am
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