Toys in the living room?

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I try so hard to keep my daughter's toys organized and even go through them every few months and put the ones she's not playing with in storage. It hasn't been much of a problem in the past but this Christmas she got a LOT (grandmothers love to spoil her...haha!). Anyway, we have two pretty baskets on the bottom shelf of our bookshelf in the living room, one for her books, the other for her toys. The baskets are not enough anymore! She won't play in her room (not very big anyway) so toys just migrate into the living room. How do you handle toys?


Bonny - posted on 01/11/2010




I turned an old 2-drawer nightstand into a TV stand. The top drawer was removed for the dvd player, etc., and the bottom drawer is my son's. That is all he can have in the living room. At bed times (nap and night) we clean the living room up, and whatever doesn't fit into the drawer he carries back to his room. It took about a week or so before he stopped hauling everything from his bedroom to the living room. Did I mention he's only 2?? Just remember that you don't live in his house, he lives in yours.

Sally - posted on 01/11/2010




I think an important thing to remember is that this is a short phase. It won't be long and you will be begging a teen to come out of her room and be with you. Toy clutter happens to most of us. And as the kids get bigger toys tend to get smaller. It is just the preschool/toddler years that are hard. We rotate toys. Some go in garage and get hidden for awhile. Blocks in right now, legos out. We have a spare room that everything goes in if people are coming over and things get picked up at night for the most part. I try not to stress to much about it. Really soon you will be wishing that those things were there again. Grin and bear it.

And I totally disagree with the above comment that "you don't live in her house, she lives in yours." It is her home too. She needs to feel like her stuff is not a problem. She is not a guest she is a member of the home. It is the only home she knows.

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Joyce - posted on 01/05/2010




When my boys were little, I tired of organizing their toys daily. I eventually got one large box (the size of a washing machine or the like) and just dumped them all in there. They didn't care if those toys were organized or not. It sure took less time to clean up. And, the ones they didn't play with stayed in the box. (We would tip it over when they wanted something out of there.) I would take those toys out, eventually. This part is only a phase, for children grow up so very quickly and no longer have so many toys.

Shaunna - posted on 01/04/2010




Dear Sara I have given up in this particular sistuation. My living room has turned into a poster for playschool and fisher price. But one suggestion I was able to do was turn a closet in my living room into a toy and movie space. This way I could close the door and keep some of the toys hidden, the others I was able to put into a large tote and use it as a coffee table/toy box . Hope some of these ideas work for you and good luck.

Nicole - posted on 01/04/2010




I rotate my son's toys out weekly so he's only got a few out in the living room at a time. I have a little basket under the table they go in so when it's time to go out or go to bed I just throw them all in there. The bigger stuff (activity table, ride on toys, etc) just go in a corner in the living room.

Danielle - posted on 01/04/2010




Lol you dont... I have the same problem, i have a big green bucket tub full to the brim of toys, they end up all over the floor every single day, just let them get on with it and when bed time comes, simply tidy up and say play time over, nearly time for bed... Its like a ritual at my house lol... Now my son helps put them away with me, xx

Renae - posted on 01/03/2010




I keep buying more boxes (large plastic tubs) to put the toys in and stack them nearly to the ceiling in the living room. I'm not joking! I make sure I pick up all the toys each night (baby too small to do it himself) and get diff ones out for him each morning.

Myra - posted on 01/01/2010




We used to keep a little play area in the living room complete with a rug and boxes to store the toys and everything. With her, because the area was familiar, she kept her toys on or around the rug. She also can't stand things being messy, so that may help as far as she goes. But, if you have the room...I suggest a rug to designate her area as the play area.

Jennifer - posted on 01/01/2010




If the toys make it out to the living room (they always do), pick up time comes before bed. Make it a game and get them involved in clean up. A certain amt stay in the room and the basket that stays in the living room stays with her favs that always seem to be out there anyway. Good luck!

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Hi Sara! I think we all deal with this issue in one way or another. The first thing that I can recommend is to omit any "doubles" as in toys that have the same purpose or are geared towards the same learning development. Children can easily become overwhelmed by too many toys and spend more time going through all the toys than they do sitting down playing with them the way they are intended to.

The baskets are a great idea! Our living room is full of toys, but you would never know. Our coffee table has two doors and a drawer on each side and houses the majority of our ''upstairs" toys. All of our furniture is geared towards "hiding" our things. Our TV armoir has doors that close and two drawers on the bottom for movies and our bookshelves have drawers on the bottom, as well, for toy storage. We have baskets on our bookshelves that hold the remainder of them as well as the kids' books. "Storage type furniture" is something to look for should you find yourself looking for new furniture in the future. We've had several people ask where we keep our kids' toys and our boys are more than happy to show them how everything in the living room opens to reveal their treasures.

Another idea would be to rotate the toys. Find a large bin that will easily fit in a closet (or another available storage space) and put away half of the toys. This is a better option if you don't want to rid of any toys. Rotate the toys that you have out every week or two. This will limit the number that you have out and, also, keep your daughter well entertained with the "new" toys every week.

Hope some of these ideas help!

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I have toy chest which we put the toys in and it also encourages her to help put them away. We make it fun. She claps everytime she puts a toy away. Helps reduce the clutter in the living room!

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