My husband and I have never much been ones to give over our whole house to toys. Our house is full of people and things and adding more toys and having them just stored out in view makes me crazy. We have had to be very creative to make room for our littlest one's toys. We had a corner in our den that housed her play kitchen but recently we really wanted to clean that corner up. We had a light bulb moment. What about this funny little closet in our dining room. Would the toy kitchen fit in there?
Sure enough it did. We tucked the stove in one corner. Take a look at the elephant hanging there. That cracked me up. My husband can't stand that big thing and hung it up to get it out of the way. Q loves it and calls it Bobby.
We hung her doll high chair on the door. She just wheels her shopping cart out and cooks up a storm.
This old dresser that used to be in my room was crammed into another section and now the drawers hold all her smaller toys like puzzles.
I am a firm believer in rotating toys and not having them visible all the time. When she gets something out she has not seen in a while it is like it is new to her again. We used to have a playroom with our first two girls and toys would just be scattered everywhere and it would be overwhelming to me to clean up. They of course would be overwhelmed as well. It is much easier for them to clean up when they have one or two things out at a time.
The other day I told Q to go play in her closet and my husband and I laughed. It sounds terrible but she loves it. She has a chain pull to turn the light on and she goes in there and closes the door and has a blast. Of course this is not her only play area. She has toys in her room and some still in the den but this helped to really organize all the small things and tuck them out of sight.
You can see my other post on how we keep toys organized in the den here.
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