January 28, 2013

Organizing the Toys

After Christmas our house was overrun with toys.  Plastic pieces were everywhere.  When we had moved into our home in October, we made sure to only place a reasonable amount of toys for the kids in the family room.  However, after Christmas it was no longer reasonable.

I cannot believe I am going to show you these before shots.  Please don't judge me poorly from them, okay?
 This is what it looked like on a normal basis.
At Christmas, my Uncle had asked if we wanted a storage cabinet that he and my Aunt were planning to get rid of.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity.  I seriously LOVE hand me down furniture, and it was something I felt I missed out on while we were living so far away from family.  So this weekend my husband drove up to get the cabinet and bring it home.  We knew exactly where we'd put it.  And you guessed it, we would use it to store some of these toys.

So here are the after photos of the room.  Much better, right?
We put some of the big play sets and coordinating toys inside the cabinet.  The two brown storage bins (from Target) have large toys that go together inside.  One is full of big dinos and the others with the boys' "big boots" toys.  We have a few toys on the upper shelf and the colorful small bins (from Target) are still empty.
We moved the storage bench over between the windows.  There are a couple of random small toys in two of the buckets.  
The room looks and feels so much better.  I am so thankful to my Aunt and Uncle for giving us the cabinet.  I am hoping that now that everything has a place it will be easier for the boys to help keep the family room clean.


Christina said...

that looks so good. I won't judge....been there done that, but you did a great job organizing!

Kerry said...

Hey Shelly! Wow that cabinet really looks great where you've got it and is a good size for all of the toys. I wouldn't worry too much, we have so many toys in this house too!

Julie, Wife of a Soldier said...

It looks great! The toys are so hard with all the little pieces! I have been trying to organize a bit more myself.

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