Put up your hand if it drives you crazy when toys are all mixed up and scattered all over the house?
Me, me, me!!
Seriously I go a little cuckoo if I find toy sets (like Little People, or Pirates or Pollys or Lego) separated and taking up residence in different rooms of the house or even worse on different floors of the house. Talk about chaos!
So we have a house rule. Toy sets stay together in their specific rooms. They do not move from room to room or floor to floor. We have downstairs toys, we have living room toys, we have bedroom toys and they stay there. Such a small thing but you would not believe how much easier it makes life. After much training even my two year old has it figured out. For instance, his little tool bench and tools are kept upstairs in his bedroom and whenever he’d come downstairs with one of his tools in his chubby little hand I’d send him right back upstairs to put it back. It works! He actually caught on pretty quick. Another example would be the dress up clothes which are kept downstairs, they don’t get dragged all over the house and abandoned wherever. So while everything isn’t always put away exactly, toy sets are at least all together in the same room which is nice when you want to sit down to play something and you don’t have to go looking all over the house for the pieces.
I only keep the amount of toys in each room that fit the space without being overpowering or hard to control. Everything not only has a home in a specific room but also a designated space within that room. It certainly makes clean up a breeze which allows me the ability to give the kids a little slack about the toy mess. I don’t want my kids to have to live with completely tidy rooms 100% of the time, that is just unreasonable. So this is our compromise and so far it is working. Do things still go astray every once and awhile? Of course but that is what a walk-about is for :)
Toy storage in my living room:
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