Back to School Tip #5: Kid Cubbies. As I mentioned earlier, our mudroom is ridiculously small for 8 people. I had to stand inside the half-bath to take these pics. To make the most of the space, I added an MDF shelf at bench height and set an IKEA cubby system on top.
Most mud rooms have lots of storage for hanging items but coats and backpacks are not the big clutter-creators at our house. Rather, it's all the little things; the lunch boxes, gloves, sports gear, purses, jackets, and a million other random items that end up all over the house.
To curb the chaos, I have a cubby for each person (labeled with favorite baby pictures just to make me smile). The cubbies are designed to hold all the non-paper stuff that might need a temporary home. My husband calls these 'personal junk drawers' and he's mostly right 😉. I honestly don't care what ends up in these bins. It varies a lot by kid. They are required to clean them out once a quarter or so (or when they're overflowing) but other than that, I don't worry about them. I just rest easy knowing that all of their stuff is contained and within reach on their way in and out of the door.
I also love that the other kids know what they're for so when they find random objects in their clean-up zone, it doesn't start a fight. They just put the offending item in that person's cubby - knowing I will tell them to look there when they complain about not being able to find it. See? Mom organization isn't about perfection, it's about stopping fights before they start and saving yourself time and hassle in the process 👍🏻. #organization #momhacks #backtoschool