This week we were focusing on simplifying the kids toys. This is an area that needs constant attention. We tried to implement the rule that if you bring home something new, then something else needs to leave. However we haven’t really been enforcing this. The stuffed animals keep multiplying, despite our best efforts. Big Z had a great attitude after the initial “Oh no!” when I revealed to her the hot spot for the week. She did an excellent job of purging over 3 bags of toys, animals and random items from her room and toy room. Great job, kid!
I was a little late grabbing my camera. These before photos are a few minutes after they pulled everything out to start sorting. Lil’ Z wasn’t of much help, but he did think it was a lot of fun to have all the toys spilled on the floor at the same time. We use two large shelves from Ikea in our school/toy/office room. As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have a lot of space for storage in our house. So these shelves come in very handy. We rotate between two Rubbermaid containers each week for toys for Lil’ Z. This works well for him and keeps his interest. Then we have the other toys separated into baskets. One basket for small cars, one for trains and tracks, one for musical instruments, etc. We have a lot of games and puzzles then are put on the top left shelves, where only Mama and Daddy can reach. The very top of these shelves are used for storage. We have canning jars, a birthing ball, globe, and craft items in close reach for when they are needed. Yet not low enough for the kids to get into.
It was a pretty successful week. The kids enjoy their toys a lot more when they are organized and sorted. Thanks, Simple Mom!