Another Attempt at Toy Organization

Over the years, I have tried to keep our toy storage organized and somewhat contained in our house.  I don’t want to be one of those houses that looks like a toy store… or, given the wear and tear around our house, a toy dump.  I don’t want toys all over.  I want to be able to sit down on my couch or have people into my home and not have us all swimming in toys the entire time. That’s not to say there aren’t points throughout any given day…

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Summer Supplies at the Dollar Store

We are still actively using our game closet on a daily basis around here.  Never more so than in the summertime.  The trick to maintaining this closet, I have found, is to keep rotating through the toys and activities.  Even if the kids outgrow an activity from the closet, I still keep it in there.  You never know when a set of wooden blocks will be needed for a superhero fortress, and we have used counting monkeys as armies, paper weights, dive toys, students in a classroom, and the list…

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The Game Closet

I posted about our activity closet (which we now call the “Game Closet”) a year ago when I first organized it.  You can read about that here.  I’m posting about it again because, strangely enough, it has not changed at all in all this time and, yet, it has changed a lot.  I figured that made it worthy of two blog posts. I originally made this closet because the kids were 1 and 2 years old, and were starting to get toys that had lots of pieces to them.  Games,…

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The Pool Bag

This summer I am trying something new, and so far I am really loving it.  During the summer, the kids and I can be found either out by the pool or at the splash park.  We are water loving fools around my house.  Last summer, though, one of the things that held us up the most was having the condense the diaper bag into a pool or beach bag.  I was forever leaving sunscreen in my diaper bag and not having it when we went to the pool, or leaving…

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Summer of Organization: Activity Closet

Last week I decided to tackle a big summer organizational project that has been on my mind since we first moved into this new house. When we moved in, we sort of randomly assigned closets for purposes. A linen closet here, another linen closet there, a medicine/first aid/paper products closet over there. Now that we’ve been in the house for a while, though, we are starting to find better places for things and better purposes for our closets. I knew that I wanted and needed an activity closet for the…

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Summer of Organization: THE TOYS!!!!!

TOYS!!!! STOP THE TOYS!!!! ALL THE TOYS!!!! I really never thought that we overdid it with our kids and toys. I don’t feel like we are always giving them new things. Actually, we hardly ever get them new things. Really, it’s holidays and birthdays that refresh and replenish the toy supply at our house. It is very rare that we just randomly bring home a new toy. And yet toys have taken over my entire house. We have a toy box in the living room, but that quickly filled up…

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Summer of Organization: Kids School Work

My kids are only one and three years old, and already the school work they bring home is overwhelming. We bring it in from the car every day, ooohh and ahhhh over it appropriately, and then put it in a pile on our kitchen counter where it will sit for two or three weeks until I get tired of looking at it and throw the entire pile into the trash. Then, Chris will snap at me that I am not sentimental enough and that I’m trashing our children’s childhoods and…

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