Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WFMW ~ Tidy Totes!

We have a lot of bathtub toys. My children have been known to stay in the tub for more than an hour at the time. (That's one more reason I love my laptop, I can sit in the hall right by the door and blog-jog while they splash and play!)

I came up with this idea a couple weeks ago, and thought I'd share it with you.



I have four bags. One bag has our bathtub "paint" supplies - cheap shaving cream, plastic cups, food coloring, and paint brushes (this is a BIG hit!). One has some discovery toys bathtub crayons and tracing plastic sheets (from a consignment sale for $2 ~ like new!). One has bag has paperdolls. The next one has all the miscellaneous toys that we've ended up with - squirters, boats, empty shampoo bottle, Cinderella barbi, etc.); and the last one has a tea set (with two tea pots to cut down on screaming).

We only get one bag at the time, then at the end of bathtime, they are all collected and hung in the bag where they dry out beautifully!

Edited to Add ~ These are Tidy Totes that I found at our Dollar Tree (packs of 4 for $1). I've also seen them at Walmart (but they are much more expensive). I hung them from the shower curtain hooks.

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11 comments:

The Masked Mommy said...

Great system. Our current system is that after bath time, the toys just sit there, and as we shower to step on them, and then for the next bath time, they're still there. Yes, I know we need help... but that's what's so great about wfmw, because my system does NOT work! Lol! Great bath time painting idea too! I'm going to try it!

Bookworm said...

I LOVE this idea! THANK YOU!

Single Income Dual Kids said...

Looks great! Are they just lingerie bags? How are they hung?

Kirby3131 said...

Kids these days are so fortunate - why when I was a kid, the only bath toy I had was a duck. LOL

Your idea is fantastic - contained chaos and the mesh allows everything to dry. Perfect!

Have a fabulous day!
Kristin (The Goat)

Hadley said...

Masked Mommy ~ we've used that system before too :)

Bookworm~I went back to answer your questions in the original post...should have put that in there to start with :)

shopannies said...

will be sharing this with my daughter love the idea

Single Income Dual Kids said...

Thanks! ha didn't realize "Tidy Totes" was the name of the product! $ Tree here I come :)

Lisa said...

I thought I was a genius because we started doing this a while back. lol. Those totes are great for all kinds of things.

Amanda T said...

Went to the Dollar Tree, bought the bags. Hung one from my shower curtain rod. Filled it with the bath toys! Love it! Thanks for the idea! It soooo worked for me!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

What a great tip..I'll have to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

:)

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

I have these bags just waiting for them to be put to use (can't beat a dollar!). I like the idea of filling them with different toys/activities. That way, it's always something new or exciting to play with as you rotate in and out. Great tip!