If you live with a child between the ages of 4-10, chances are you have a tremendous collection of stuff lying around your house. In our case, many of the stuff comes in the form of tiny LEGOs and 4-wheeled Matchbox cars that serve as accidental (but totally legitimate) booby-traps in our home.
Have you ever stepped on a LEGO with your bare foot? It's absolutely terrible. Have you ever lost your footing and rolled your ankle on a small metal car? It's absolutely terrifying. This is what life with small children is all about, and we've learned to be prepared.
I'm a huge proponent of organization and keeping things tidy. Fortunately, my children seem to have inherited this gene, but it only manifests itself in fits and starts. The overall picture in their bedrooms is acceptable, but when they want to build with LEGOs or build a racetrack, everything is dumped from its large “organized” bin and deposited on the floor so that they can find the pieces they need. This method is works pretty well for larger toys, but it's the pits for teeny-tiny toys. But, my friends, there is a way to keep all those LEGO steering wheels organized and easy to locate. Let me show you the way.
We recently became the owners of a DeWalt Compartment Pro-Small Parts Organizer, and it's a mighty game changer. The piece is intended to help you organize small tools and construction bits (nails, screws, wires, and the like), but it works so well for all those tiny, hard to keep track of toys.
We've tried craft organizers in the past, and they haven't proved durable or secure enough for the task. Their lids too easily popped open, and their compartments were generally too small to hold the majority of the pieces we wanted to organize. But, not this guy. This one is sturdy, hefty, spacious, and best of all, super secure. When it's closed and latched, it stays put (it's actually waterproof!).
Its clear plastic lid makes it easy to identify what's where, so our kids can easily identify what's in each compartment before opening the box. And best of all, it has removable dividers that allow you to create custom compartments to fit your storage needs. Do you see how important and significant that is? It's the real bomb-diggity.
Gone are the days of small toy explosions all over the living room. Gone are the whispered curse words uttered on a minefield path to the bathroom in the middle of the night. And nevermore are the accidental roller skates on the stairs. All those tiny pieces are safely tucked away in a secure box. We can all rest a little easier.
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