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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do you do to keep clutter in check?