Toys, toys and more toys

When we moved from Anderson to Evansville we went from a four-bedroom house to a two bedroom with a plan to rent for a year or two before hopefully buying.

While the smaller space is nice for a couple different reasons — less rooms to clean, baby proof and misplace things in — it also has quite a few downsides. There’s significantly less storage and space (we’ve rented a storage unit to house all of our other furniture, stuff that didn’t fit) and much less room for Miles to be an active 2 year old.

Miles all ready to go to a wedding.

Miles enjoying a whistle, instead of his toys!

His room is all his; but it’s tiny. After his bed, a dresser/shelf and book shelf there isn’t a whole lot of room. His super cool train set connected in all its glory wouldn’t fit in his room even if everything was picked up off the floor (which I promise, it isn’t!) So the living room becomes the de facto playroom. A bookshelf in there, originally intended for books and other grown-up items is 100 percent toy and book storage these days.

There's the shelf back there, filled with too many toys!

There’s the shelf back there, filled with too many toys!

One of the first things he does when he wakes up in the morning is pull off nearly every item on the shelf and then dumps out the container with all the smaller toys, puzzles and puzzle pieces onto the floor with a huge crash.

“Toys!” he shouts. “Lots and lots and lots of toys!”

Have we created a monster?

At several different junctures I’ve thinned out the toys — things he had outgrown, things he didn’t play with, things that were too nosy or nerve grating. But there’s still SO many. And it isn’t as if he’s one of those kids that doesn’t play with his toys and instead plays with a cardboard box. Although he does enjoy a cardboard box too. This kid really does love to play with toys.

More toys!

More toys!

My husband will report that he will play quietly in his room while he conducts phone interviews for freelance stories. He will get up in the morning and play for as long as 30 minutes before bothering to even leave his room.

So ti is difficult for me to say, “Oh, I’ll take out half of what he plays with.”

I’ve also tried the whole rotate the toys in and out method; but then I just forget about them and d he has a whole tub of toys that never got played with, and that just makes me sad too!

I need some brilliant toy storage suggestions! Pass them along, please, pretty please.

I’ve hopped over one too many Thomas tracks, stubbed my toy on enough trucks and tripped over plastic dinos!

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