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Thrifty Living: Toysplosion, Part II

28 Nov

I have been fighting the good fight over toy storage ever since before Isobel was old enough to go through the cat door. When her toys began taking over the living room we bought an awesome six dollar thrifted chest and begged the internet for help to solve this problem. Little did I know that the toy storage problem would never go away, just change and become difficult in different ways with time.

We’ve been slowly moving Isobel’s toys out of her nursery and into a room affectionately known as “the Pencil Room,” after the time that I stashed an enormous cache of colored pencils in that room. Which, nevermind. That’s a story for another time. Our plan is to move Isobel out of the nursery and into the Pencil Room, which will eventually become her big girl room.

After shopping around for toy storage and organization systems, I settled for thrifted tins and baskets, tubs for larger toys and collections, a few buckets and finally, some photo storage boxes bought cheaply at Micheal’s.

I really like the tins, even though you do have to remember what’s in them. But that makes them that much fresher to your child when they pull them out again. Sometimes the lids on older tins tend to stick, but that can be a good thing if it holds toys for your older child that you don’t want your younger kid getting into.

The main thing I’ve learned about toy storage and organization is you have to develop a little ruthlessness. Keeping the amount of toys at manageable levels, developing collections that will grow with your child, and donating the things that you child has out grown/doesn’t care a whole lot about/are duplicates of other toys has really saved my sanity. Especially when we have playdates. When we have Kingston over he moves from room to room, rooting out his favorite toys while he and Isobel dump everything out in the process. And that is totally fine! Kids! It’s what they do! I’ve sorted and pared the toys down to the point that I can clean up a toysplosion, I mean a total, house-wrecking toysplosion, in under twenty minutes. I don’t mean to brag. Getting to this point was a hard-won battle. But it is possible.

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Thrifty Living: Toy Cart

2 Aug

When our neighbor of over twenty years passed away recently, my parents assisted my neighbor’s children in cleaning out her house. We had been close to my neighbor, and her health issues over the years made us grow us close to her out-of-town children, too. My neighbor was proud and stubborn, living alone and independently well into her nineties. We helped her when we could and she baked us the most amazing pies (from scratch, of course). Frugal to the end, her home was a vintage wonderland of things she kept clean and well-ordered so they wouldn’t need to be replaced. My parents were given permission to take a few things from the house before it sold. My Dad grabbed this cart.

Although my parents had no immediate use for it, they knew at the very least I’d be interested. They gave it a good scrubbing and brought it over. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it myself until I saw Isobel stacking her containers of “bubble juice” on it. It needs a little work in the form of some cute storage bins, but it makes the perfect toy caddy for Isobel’s chalk and paint buckets, and, of course, her bubble juice.

It’s not a bad cat storage, either.

 

I just picked up some cute organizing bins for this morning, so once I get it all put together I’ll share the results.