A few months ago I shared my No Sew Basket Liners and made reference to a new kiddo toy arrangement plan I have been trying out. Today is the day I will be sharing that new method of toy play with my Living Room Toy Storage project. Let’s talk about the plan now!
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I think we’ve all said it at some point, “the toys seem to multiple over night”. It’s hard for most of us to keep tabs on all the toys our kiddos collect. And I’m learning, as my kiddos get older, their toys have many small pieces, which in the blink of an eye are scattered all over the entire house. And then I step on them. And then I squeal in pain. And then I decide we need a new toy plan.
Each morning and afternoon, if I sense the kids are getting restless, I pull out one of my lovely no sew baskets and presto; to them it seems like something fun and magical to play with, when in fact it’s just their old picnic basket play set. Or their Three Little Bears dress up puzzle.
I have found that keeping a majority of their toys up-
1. keeps the mess minimal
2. keeps them entertained MUCH longer since the toy seems new
3. really encourages them to use their imagination.
So that I could quickly scan and pull out the appropriate toys, I added these super adorable Martha Stewart self adhesive gold bookplates to the baskets. They were a simple press and stick!
We have two bookcases and I keep their baskets on the upper two shelves in our living room. So, we have four baskets filled to the brim and then I’ve hidden a few other in various places in our home. (since I’ve written this post, I’ve added three additional baskets to our bookcase.)
I’ve been surprised at how actually taking away a large portion of their toys, has increased their imagination and excitement when I get down a few things here and there.
So, far this new Living Room toy system actually seems to be a success.
Do you all have any toy tips for keeping interest in current toys and minimizing clutter? Share away!