Toy Takeover

My cousin, Megan, came over one day many months ago and said, with a knowing grin (Megan has three kids of her own), “It feels like the walls move in a little bit more each time I come over.” She was referencing the ever increasing amount of toys in our family room. And she’s right….

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And let’s not forget about the toy storage next to the washer and dryer…

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And baskets, baskets, baskets…

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You could say that, as Luci has accumulated more toys, my passion for toy organization has exponentially increased. I know I’m a bit crazy that each toy has a spot, but without a true basement to store them all in, hyper-organization of the toys keeps me sane. But let’s be honest – I’m not naive enough to think that it stops here. She’s two and she’s one child. I know the toy count will only increase. But I was thrilled to come up with some additional storage room that will help keep it all from overwhelming us, at least for a little while longer.

When we moved Luci to her big girl beds and converted the 3rd bedroom from an office to the nursery for Baby #2, we were faced with what to do with this piece of furniture.

Picture from the Target website. Again, in my haste to get projects done – I forget about the “before” pictures.

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It was in perfect shape. We had just gotten it for some additional storage in the office after we moved in; but there also wasn’t a space in the house that lent itself to another piece of furniture. I am big on things fitting within a room. A not-so-huge house will start to look and feel even smaller if we try shoving too much into each room. Then it dawned on me – our furnace closet has acted as a storage closet/catch-all for the past 2.5 years. With a little rearranging this space could become a LOT more functional. With this new idea and re-purposed piece of furniture, I was on a mission.

Step one (why is it that when I think of steps in a process these days, the Special Agent Oso song is constantly playing in the background – #lucilovesoso) was to get this space cleaned out. It couldn’t all go. Some of it was in there for a reason – so it was a matter or organizing some and getting rid of others.

Before (…yikes):

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After getting the room cleaned out, it got fun. We were able to make room for some extra toy storage. I am even anticipating/reserving some spots for gifts that I have heard are on Santa’s list this year. I mean, you never know with the Big Guy, but I do have my sources.

After:

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I’m in love. Seriously…sometimes I just open the door to look at it. Ridiculous, I know; but such a small piece of toy storage heaven. Luci loves it too and we’ve even got some room to grow into this space – adding extra toy baskets and even shelves up above. For at least a little while longer, we’ve avoided letting the toys takeover Hillside Lane.

I saw this thing on Pinterest that said you only have 940 Saturdays with your kids before they are 18. Nine hundred and forty! When I think of it like that, all I want to do is slow time down as much as possible. So many of those Saturdays will be filled with soccer games or Latvian school or a million other activities that will keep us busy. It’s a good reminder that I need to soak up these toy-filled-days that make our walls come in a bit closer while I’ve got them. It will all be gone too fast and will be wishing for it all back again.

xo,

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3 comments

  1. Ah, gosh, you should see our house. 🙂 Mostly the toys have their place, but sadly those “places” seem to more often than not share our living space… Glad you’ve found a way to utilize this additional space, and merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and the family!

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