Having kids changes things (I know, profound, right), as in the house is no longer clutter-free as every room becomes a playroom and every thing becomes a toy. We don't have the luxury of a designated playroom in our house so naturally every room has incorporated toy areas. The majority of the playing is done in our dining and living room spaces. I thought I'd share a little how we try to stay organized in our toddler-friendly home.
I snapped these pictures during nap and when most of the toys were stowed out of sight. The pictures lack a little reality of the natural state of the space which is most often a mess. My point is that in the effort to keep toys concealed we do our best, most of the time, to store them away neatly. It doesn't take long for the toys to begin to invade and to quickly "toy" with the fung-shui of the space. Thus we've developed a system of hiding toys everywhere to keep things in order and looking less playroom and still visually appealing. Our system includes baskets - lots of baskets.
Without further ado, here's how we do it between the spilled milk and the snot smears.
The living room:
The living room:
Looks pretty normal as most of the toys are put away.
Storage for diapers and wipes.
The art studio. Most days the ledge is used as a snack tray.
Into the dining room:
Storage for toys:
We use this buffet for toy storage - on top, inside, and underneath.
Storage for books.
The dining room table doubles as a jungle gym.
Miles can spend hours underneath it.
The time-out chair and Miles growth chart - a measuring stick.
Another cart with toy storage.
And that's what works for us.