It amazes me that in two short years our house has been taken over by toys.
Now don't get me wrong I don't have a problem with it but after Avery goes to bed it is nice to put everything away and feel somewhat like an adult in a grown up space.
I decided a long time ago that I wanted hidden storage for toys that didn't look like Elmo's world. I love baskets and bins and cubbies and there are definitely plenty of pretty options out there.
Looking at my living room where we spend the majority of our time you wouldn't really know a 2 year old lives here.
At least not by looking at these photos...and NO it doesn't look like this all the time, I'd say about 5% of the time it's this clean...okay if I'm being honest maybe 2% of the time.
But taking a closer look, let's see what we see! You know like Where's Waldo...I love those books!
The top two favorite things to do around here are coloring and reading books! The books are mainly in her room however it seems every time we come downstairs a few more books come with us. I try to rotate them out often because there are a few that I have pretty much memorized.
We do read 3 books every night before bed too.
Yes 3 is that random?
I'm an odd number kind of person. I set my microwave to random cooking times as well. Like Oatmeal is 1 minute 23 seconds and reheating my coffee cup is 17 seconds and heating up some leftovers might be 42 seconds.
Anyways back on track I got this cool wood bin at TJMaxx for $15 and it holds a tons of books for her. I usually just pull it out on the floor so she can grab books herself to read to her babies.
We don't have a coffee table. I'm sure most people with little ones don't. More room to play. Don't have to worry about flipping of the couch and smashing their heads etc. We also have a couch with a chase on the end. Originally we were thinking it would act as a mini sectional. It's come to be more a pain in the butt, we wished we just got a regular couch. We will someday. After the days of spilled milk and sticky fingers are over.
I scored this rattan storage cube at Target about 4 years ago on clearance for $4! It used to store extra blankets etc now it stores those big clunky plastic toys.
Finally I have this trunk that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I bought it before Avery was born for the nursery as storage. It did live in her room for awhile until I decided I loved it so much and it was a shame that we didn't get to see and enjoy it every day. So down it came and it holds all her other toys.
There is not safety on it so Jeff keeps saying he is waiting for the day the top comes slamming down on her hands but she is pretty gentle and careful with it. Again I usually just open the top up for her in the morning and it stays open all day for easy access.
So that's how I keep the toys under control. We do also have a playroom where she had a table and chairs with her coloring supplies and more baskets with blocks and puzzles etc.
Do you get creative with hiding your toys?