So while I hope that my children will be paying attention to the times that I display kindness, love and generosity, I also secretly hope that they will somehow overlook my faults. It could happen, right?
Of those that I long for them to ignore, my lazy disorganization is high on the list. When they look back at their childhood, are they going to remember all the times that I was stressed as I dug through piles of papers and stacks of clothes for one receipt or a particular t-shirt? Please tell me the answer is no.
Therefore, when I come across ways to make any part of our home more organized and less cluttered, I'm interested in giving them a chance. But, when I am introduced to a way that can actually show my children firsthand the benefits of having their belongings sorted, accessible and easy to find, then I know that we've found a winner.
And that's where the Step2 Fun Time Room Organizer comes in.
A colorful storage center designed just for kids, the Fun Time Room Organizer by Step2 (available in Pink or Tropical - blue, orange and yellow) makes it easy to teach your child to clean and organize in a fun way! Each of the 11 removable bins — nine smaller and two larger — can hold a variety of items in a multitude of sizes.
Even better, the shelf itself and each of the bins can be labeled to indicate their contents, so keeping the play food separate from the baby doll clothes has never been easier.
Knowing that this was the perfect addition to our house, when it arrived the hardest decision that had to be made was which room was in the most dire need for some organization. However, as I've long realized that Little Sister B's toy box provides storage but results in an extremely large jumbled mess inside of it, opting to replace it with the Fun Time Room Organizer seemed to be the perfect choice.
As I removed the pieces from the box, it was clear that Step2 had, as with all of their great products, designed it to be easy to assemble.
With only a few tools needed to have this constructed, it only took around 20 minutes before this Organizer was ready to be put to use.
It was immediately evident that the pink and green bins were big enough to hold a good number of toys, books, stuffed animals or more, without being too large that they would then be too heavy for kids to move if needed (the small bins measure approximately 6" x 8" and the large are around 10" x 13").
The lip on the front of each of the shelves is just right to keep the bins from sliding down, while the slanted angle in which they are positioned allows little hands to reach right in. Step2 even included a wall strap so that the entire shelf can be securely attached to the wall for safety.
After Little Sister B and I successfully separated and sorted through the mountain of mess and had her new Fun Time Room Organizer fully stocked...
...we simply applied the labels and grabbed a dry erase marker to identify the contents of each of the bins.
While she's still too young to know how to read, we decided to write out the words and pair them with a little drawing to help her get a visual clue as well. I love that not only will that help her get the items back in their correct place, but will be subtly encouraging word recognition at the same time.
Without a doubt, the Step2 Fun Time Room Organizer has been a great addition to Little Sister B's bedroom (it would have been perfect in Big Sister E's room or our play room as well)! The 27"L x 13"W x 35"H size is large enough to be convenient and great for kids, without being so big that it is overwhelming or would require a generous-sized room to house it.
Having two sizes of storage bins ensures that just about any toys, books, dolls and more fit right in and Little Sister B has had no problems accessing them. When she wants a particular one (or if one needs to be removed to be brought into another room or for cleaning), it can just be lifted right out.
Combine that with the overall encouragement of organization with the labels and the colorful, kid-friendly, functional quality of this storage unit and we're all pretty darn happy that it is around.
Two thumbs up by a very pleased 3-year-old... who is quite proud to have something so neat, tidy and organized to call her own!
The Step2 Fun Time Room Organizer is currently retailing for $49.98 from Sam's Club and for $85.15 on Amazon.com. For more information about all of Step2's incredibly fun and/or practical products, be sure to visit Step2.com and connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.
Other than the Fun Time Room Organizer - Pink that I was provided by Step2 to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion of this product.