If I had to pick my very favorite retail shop in the world to browse through, I think it would be The Container Store. You know, the store that sells ... containers? I love looking through all the clever storage options and fantasizing my house neatly organized and color-coordinated from top to bottom.

The problem is, when you're a parent, it really doesn't matter how many baskets and shelves and boxes and gadgets you have, because children can transform any organization solution to a Hoarders-level disaster zone in three seconds flat. Behold, 8 of the various storage options I've created for my kids -- and what these areas of my house actually look like 99.99999 percent of the time.

The shoe basket that no one actually puts shoes in:

 

The toy box with stuff piled on top so it can't be opened:

 

The laundry container that is apparently surrounded by a clothes-repelling force field:

 

The shelves that are supposed to neatly display stuffed animals in a super-cute manner:

 


The toothpaste holder:

 

The LEGO bins:

 

The shelves where books are supposed to be neatly organized:

 

The coat rack. THE COAT RACK.

 

Do you have this problem at your house too?

Images via Linda Sharps