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Years ago I talked about this tip and today I’m bringing it back because it’s still working for us and I think it’s a great tip!
QUICK TIP : Use a basket (or a bag, bin, or tub) to corral items from one area to be returned later to another area.
We do a little clean up in the evenings before dinner – I either set a timer for the kids for 5 minutes or we’ll just have a contest to see who can pick up the most items from the lower level. (With a preschooler that loves Duplos, this is pretty easy.) The kids bring any items upstairs that need to be in their rooms and they check the basket on the steps to see what else needs to be returned to their proper places.
How do the items get in the basket? It’s basically anything that we don’t want to bring upstairs right now. So during the day it might be a couple socks left on the floor or a toy I find in the refrigerator and it can also be if the kids don’t want to bring it up right now. This works well for us because sometimes you just don’t want to go all the way upstairs to put one sock away. (Yes, this sounds lazy, but I bet you feel this way too :)) Everything gets returned to its proper place at the end of the day and that’s what matters.
So tell me – do you have an ‘on your way up basket’?