If you follow me on Instagram, you have witnessed I have been on an organizing spree lately. It started with our junk drawer that I couldn’t take one more day of!
And from there, we tackled our tool junk drawer (it’s normal to have one of those, right?) and most recently the credenza, err fauxdenza (see how we made ours here), which holds most of the girls’ toys (at least the ones they actually use). We first introduced our toy storage system back in this pretty controversial post.
Things were tame back then. And when we moved into this house we still had only Greta, so I didn’t take the time to sort things out and organize them again. And somehow, after Christmas and the addition of another child, this happened:
The horror! Not only was it a completely disorganized mess, but things would fall out when you opened the toy cabinets just like in the TV shows. It really became a concern after Greta received all of her Littlest Pet Shops for Christmas and those tiny pieces were getting mixed in with Faye’s toys. There was zero separation. So, I took everything out, discarded a few empty coloring books and instruction manuals and put things back in place.
Now, everyone has their own compartment. The adult cabinet is on the left. It holds mostly cords and electronics and a few of our favorite family games. Faye’s cabinet is in the middle. It’s all Faye-friendly plush toys and baby mirrors and no pieces smaller than she can handle. Greta’s cabinet on the far right has her puzzles and Littlest Pet Shops (aka baby choking hazards), coloring books and a few miscellaneous toys in the top bin.
I picked up those canvas bins at Ross (kinda like a TJMaxx) and I wish they had more exciting colors for the girls, but I was just happy to get different colors for each girl to make cleaning up easier. In other “Where are all the toys?!” news, we do have a trampoline in our family room downstairs (along with some toys they don’t use) and I keep a basket of toys that both Faye and Greta play with (mostly stuffed animals and blocks) in a basket in the living room and toss a blanket over top–most people never guess!
It feels good to have the credenza and junk drawers finally organized! The girls seem to be playing more on their own and I think it has to do with them knowing where and what to play with. Which means I have more time to purge our master closet. That redesign is coming!