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Toys, Toys, and more Toys!

Posted by dawnlefler on July 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM

If you have little ones, you may be able to relate....

How on EARTH do two little girls have so many toys??  Oh, wait; it's probably in part my fault!  I think I am over compensating for what I didn't have when I was a kid!  Not that I didn't have toys.  I had plenty of toys and games and puzzles, but there was always something that someone else had that I didn't have and I wanted it!  So, I guess that's how it starts!  Well, with so many toys comes the "Mommy, I can't find the_____ that goes with the _____!"  (fill in the blanks with whatever toys you like, I've heard them all!)  I respond with "Well, if you put your toys away where they belong you would know just where everything is."  (duh, right?) 

After several attempts to find Mr. Potato Head's glasses, the baby doll's bottle with orange juice (not the one with milk, oh heaven's no!), the baby triceratops (no, the other baby one, not that one)... you get the idea... I decided that I had enough!  So I am throwing out every single toy and now they must use their imaginations if they want to play!  OK, maybe not because now I am envisioning my kitchen cupboards constantly being emptied and running out of printer paper real fast!! That is not the solution I am looking for! 

Here's what we I did...  I bought a toy bin organizer and a few additional bins in different sizes.  

With my computer and printer I made labels for the bins with the words and the pictures for what is to be stored inside.  I adhered stuck the labels to the bins with clear packaging tape.  PERFECT!  Everything has a home!  And the girls have no problem knowing what goes where.

Now, when it comes to cleaning up after play dates or when more than just my kids are making the mess, I run into quite a bit of whining and complaining... "BUUUUUUT Mommy!  I didn't make the mess all by myself!"  To avoid a meltdown (by me), I have a giant rope bucket that I just have them put all the toys in and then we can sort them together.  It sure is a lot better than me ending up running all over the house picking things up and putting them away and I don't hear "Mommy!  I can't find....." nearly as often! 

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