bedroom/playroom issues.please help

Melissa - posted on 12/08/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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When I was a little girl I always had my toys in my room. Now I have two girls ages 2 and 3 and I am having issues deciding what to do as far as where their toys go. They are both very stubborn and I know it will be a battle if their toys are in either room. I also don't like that I can't see them all the time if I'm in the livingroom or kitchen. The issue is is that the only other place for their toys is in the livingroom and my husband and I can't walk through our livingroom or kitchen without tripping over or stepping on toys. We feel claustrophobic. So I was thinking maybe I should put the toys in their rooms but I want them still in ONE area so either the 3 year old or the 2 year olds rooms. I feel that the 2 year old will probably fight with me over playing with the toys vs bedtime however she has half the size of a room as her sister has and her sister already has issues staying in bed so it really wouldn't be a change of pace for us except that I would have to battle with them over staying out of their clothes which are in the eldest daughters room as well. Which daughters room should I put the toys in or should I still have the toys in the living area? Any tips on which battles I'll have to fight would help too.

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Naomi - posted on 12/08/2009

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i'm actually having the same problem at the moment aswell with my 2 yr old. But in our case we are actually really lucky to have a seperate toy room for him but the toys never stay in the room...he constantly brings them out to the living room and i'm forever tripping over them...i'm guessing he just likes to have company when playing and doesn't like being on his own in the toy room...so its not always great even having a toy room...we are moving to a smaller house soon and are going to have to combine his toy room and bedroom together....so thankyou for bringing this question to the table because i feel i'm going to be faced with this problem when we move. :)

Nicola - posted on 12/08/2009

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Hello i have an 18 month old girl and a four year old girl. I have quite a small living room but like you don't want them playing upstairs unattended! I keep two stackable boxes in the living room. They decorated them with different stickers so that they know which box is for their toys. Whatever they want to keep downstairs that fits in the box is fine any extra stuff is kept upstairs in my eldest girls as she has a bigger room. I used supernannys stay in bed technique and it works really well. First time they get out of bed tuck them in saying goodnight darling next time night night and any other time after that completely ignore them and put them to bed. Its really important to say the same things night after night because otherwise they think its a game. Same words are boring to hear night after night! It took me two weeks but she doesn't get out of bed at all now and all her toys apart from the downstairs boxes are in her room. Hope that helps.

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