Pick up a toy, turn around and step on another one. Pick that one up to add to the ever growing pile in your hand … only to fall FLAT ON YOUR FACE and send the toys vaulting through the air.
No, mommy’s not putting on a variety show for you young man! This mom needs hazard pay! Pick up your toys or I’ll put them in the trash!
That seems to work sometimes. Throwing them away — but only if they are broken. I am going to keep a tote next to the trash can. So, each and every time I pick up a toy, that’s were it’s going to be tossed. At the end of the week, I will show my children what’s in there and tell them what I plan to do with them. I will either donate the ones they rarely play with (the older toys) or pack away the new ones for a rainy day. Or until all the other ones have been donated and there’s nothing else left to play with. LOL! Yeah, that’s funny to me. I always feel like I am picking up … all the time. Even with house guests.
I am going to turn this into my resolution for the year. I am going to make our children’s rooms a fun place to play and ORGANIZE! Those low shelves with cubby holes will work great. I can put little boxes in the cubby holes and then a picture of what the general toy is to be in that box on the outside of it. My youngest love to sort as does my oldest, so I can see this turning into a game with them.
Also, the low shelves will make for a great place to store over-sized toys and race-tracks for my little boy. He is always taking them out of his room and plopping them down on the living room table to get a better view of it.
I’ve also noticed that since I have rearranged my own bedroom and the living room, my daughter loves to come play in the little nooks here and there. So, if I just do the same to here room, maybe she will keep her toys in her room, too.
All I know is that I MUST do something … and quick! I don’t want to have to use homeowners insurance to pay for an injury to a guest for them falling over a toy. Plus, maybe friends and family won’t feel so bad coming over anymore. I swear it’s the over crowding of the toys that scares them away. Right? I mean, my crazy, hyper, over-excited children surely are not the blame for no one wanting to come over, right? LOL!