|The grandchildren's toys live in my coffee table.|
I have two more that match the kitchen colors. One holds gardening information, the other has packing tape, scotch tape, rubber bands, paperclips. You get the idea. We have grandchildren, 3 of whom are under age 6. I have two storage cubes that hold their toys and serve as a coffee table in the living room when pushed together. And I don't have to worry about them getting hurt on a sharp edged coffee table if they fall while they're playing. I have two more cubes in the family room that hold my knitting and yarn
|Where I hide my gardening ideas and kitchen desk supplies|
|A large tray on it's holder, granny's silver plate and 100 bottles of acrylic paint on the stair landing|
|The area by the front door collects coats, dog leashes, umbrellas - cubbies keep things under control|
When I visited my husband's home for the first time, coats, shoes and everything else landed on a couch near the front door. I knew I'd never break the habit of a man over 50. So I went with it. The upper shelf catches coats and leashes, the lower bench keeps shoes and grandkids' books where they can find them. The games and puzzles are in the coat closet on the other side of the front door. I am definitely not a "neat-nik". Things get a little crazy around the computer area in the kitchen. I don't put everything away as quickly as I should. But things do find their way home on a regular basis because they have homes. I think that's the true "magic" to tidying up.