The Wall Street Journal
To keep the toys tidy, Susan Lutz Klauda finally turned to her Excel spreadsheet skills.
Dr. Klauda, a 35-year-old Washington, D.C., education researcher, decided she was “fed up with the toys overtaking our living room,” especially after the birth of her second child earlier this year. She created a spreadsheet that labeled more than 100 household toys by category (arts & crafts, building sets and games) and developmental level (baby, toddler or preschool). Then she brought most of them to basement storage.
Every couple of weeks, she selects a few to bring upstairs. While the system has helped keep the house tidier, “it’s still amazing,” she says, “the amount of clutter.”
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