Monday, September 24, 2012

Go Play in the Closet

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.

This kid has so many toys. She does not need any more. We had all the dolls and Barbies and trains from her sisters. Storing all this has been a challenge and I have to sneak when I thin things out. Do you have any great ideas for toy storage. I would love to hear them.

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18 comments:

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

We had baskets under the coffee table for the girls' toys in the family room. They were responsible for cleaning up after they were finished playing.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

My girls would have loved a closet like that - great idea! Happy Monday :-)

c. Joy said...

Nice. Its coziness probably appeals to her on levels we can't remember. A few years ago, my nieces (at the time 6 & 8) invited me in to their newly painted room to show me how beautiful & big girl it was. It was lovely - complete with ballerina slippers and large pink feathers, a perfect little girls' room === but when the closet was opened it looked like Barbie and all her friends were in the midst of a porn movie! In their hurry to clean they didn't have time to dress the dolls, they just tossed them in the floor of the closet and closed the door. Surprise! The big hair, high heels, and naked dolls are seered into my brain... You & Mr. SSL did a great job.

Kris said...

What a perfect solution Elaine! I have never been one to let the kids have toys all over the house either. And for Noah, same rules apply. He can bring out a few things to play with, but he has to put them away to bring out more. I still have the kitchen that my girls played with as kids. The grand kids still love it.
: ) Kris

Olive Cooper said...

That is brilliant and telling her to play in the closet is funny and not terrible. CC never played with her kitchen. All she cared about was her swing set and to this day she still loves our outdoor swing.

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

That's a really good idea, Elaine! You made me chuckle with the "go play in the closet" remark. If I could only think of a way to do that (a cubby hole or closet) with what seems like miles and miles of train tracks! lol! One day I will have to take a pic of what my living room looks like most days while Joy and I are schooling. Luke loves to stretch his train tracks out. Right now they are in a tall basket. When he finishes, I have him dump all the tracks and trains into and push it next to the piano. I love baskets, so it blends with the decor, but holds his trains.

Love your trunk holding the toys!

Have a great day!
Tammy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...


That closet is such a great idea. It is perfect. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Lois' Laughlines said...

I love putting dressers in closets. Great idea. The elephants hanging in there, made me laugh.
blessings to you.

It's All Connected said...

The biggest help when my kids were little was a toy box on wheels. When it was time to clean up, I'd roll it into each room and we'd all toss the toys inside. Rotating toys and keeping the extra ones on a closet shelf was another help. Great idea to give Q her own little room! ~ Maureen

Shelley said...

The idea of putting them in the closet..I think was great! She now has her own little space. I had four brothers and a sister..we at one point all shared one room...I remember taking a little chair and my Raggedy Ann in the closet...it too had a pull chain light. I was so happy in there..my very own place to call my own...thanks for the memories :) Have a blessed week...I hope your little one has many happy hours in her closet :)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I rotated my kids toys all the time. My husband hated coming home and stepping over toys...so we always cleaned up right before he walked in the door...in 15 minutes it was all back...but at least he could get in!

20 North Ora said...

Cute post! I love the elephant hanging in there. And the "go play in the closet" comment was hilarous. Good idea.

Judy

Cozy Little House said...

With two girls, I remember all the "stuff." Barbie stuff, kitchen stuff. Stuff, stuff, stuff!
Brenda

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

the toys at our house keep multiplying...we have a room to keep them...but they are all over the house. Lovely closet idea!

Rebecca @ Time to Organize said...

IKEA!!! Containers, baskets and bookshelf to dresser systems. You name it they got it! Oh and the Dollar Tree. You can go to my blog and take a look if you like under organization. Hope that helps!

Pendleton Primitives said...

Toys over taking my home drives me insane as well. We've worked on down sizing their collection and moved everything to their rooms. The closet idea is wonderful.
~Christina

Merlesworld said...

It is great to have somewhere to store toys, i like a place for everything and everything in its place mostly it works.
Merle...

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

HA! this post brought back memories from when my kids were little. We kept their kitchen set and tool set in a closet too!
Whatever works!
I think Bobby has a cool 'hang-out' too!

...when we got too many toys with 4 kids back to back...I stored many of their toys at the Goodwill! ;) Pat

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