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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

{a place for everything} treasure boxes

Is it just my kids, or do yours love to "collect" treasure, too?  And when I say treasure, I mean rocks they found in the front yard, broken toys from the dollar store, every scrap of paper they've written their name on, pieces of colored lint, an old bead necklace they found on the bus...the list could go on and on.  

When I first discovered piles of "treasure" in their room, I was torn between wanting to acknowledge their need for keeping things that are important to them (don't we all want that?), and my need for a clutter-free home. I also wanted to teach them how to keep things orderly.  From these needs, treasure boxes were born, and it has been one of the best things we've ever done! It's such a simple idea, but the effects are far-reaching, and everyone is happy!

Each child gets one plastic tote--I like the stackable pull-out drawer kind--and they are perfect for a lower shelf in their closet. They can put absolutely whatever they want to in their treasure box (except food, lol), but once it's full, they either have to stop adding to it, or clean something out. It looks nice sitting on a shelf, they have someplace to keep all of their treasures, and I can help them maintain a tidy room.

Okay, this really is SO easy!  You can go as simple as buying the totes and being done with it, or embellish it as much as you wish. I used my Silhouette to cut out the girls' names and a fun heart border from the Silhouette store in pink vinyl.  It would even be fun for your kids to decorate their own boxes!

Happy Organizing!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm....this is ingenious. Why didn't I think of this? I will be using this idea in the very near future.

May 22, 2012 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger mwimp said...

so doing this today - i have an extra plastic shoe box and yes mine collects a gazillion treasures. i've been wondering how coral them and not have 10 piles of them. thanks!

May 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Love it! I need to do this too! :)

May 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger AngelaW said...

Funny story about Jack's treasure box. I got it for him when Sam was born - he is a collector! We made sure to put all the little things that were choking hazards in his treasure box. A few months after Sam was born, Jack came in and asked me, "Mom, can I please play with my choking hazards?" I have referred to it as the choking hazard box every since.

May 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger auntie said...

i'm new to your blog so you may have posted about this someplace else, but can you tell me where you got that awesome pink lampshade??

May 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Great idea! My 4 yr old filled an entire dresser drawer with her 'treasures' without me realizing and now I need to fine them a new home. I love how this limits the amount of them.

May 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger kierste said...


I got it a local retail store called Meijer. The brand name is ID, in case you want to search for it online. I loved it when I first saw it, too!

May 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea. Our house has lots of bits of "treasure" that needs a home. Brilliant

May 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Lyn said...

had to share -- when my (now 12yo) son was about 7yo, he had a good sized jar on his chest of drawers which was full of --- get ready -- cicada carapaces (not sure of the spelling -- the outside shells that they shed). !!!!! what a "treasure"!! luckily for me, he outgrew that "treasure" a few years back and it is gone now!

June 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea! We have a little vase on her dresser but I like this way better.

July 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM  

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