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Organizing Toys at Home

My children Keelyn and William were very lucky this Christmas and received many new toys.  No duplicates and things that they both are genuinely interested in a lot of cross over things that they can enjoy together.  We are appreciative towards our family and friends.  It was quite a large pile of gifts though but that’s what happens when you have large families.  I decided to deal with organizing and putting away the toys right away.  It’s one of those tasks that the longer you leave it the more tedious the job seems to be.  It also helps that I was consistently motivated by two little ones that kept requesting I “open it, open it!”

The kids have their own playroom space on the second floor just outside of Wililam’s room it is not a large space but we are very grateful for it.  It’s painted a nice bright kid friendly green (not like the yellow you see in the photo).  The organization is simple.  Ikea shelves with bins, a small shelf which sections off the “house centre” as my kids say.  And a low Ikea table that actually a TV stand but we use it as a building/puzzle table because the kids can sit on it, in front of it and there’s a shelf where we store puzzles under.  Sometimes this table even acts as a stage! I organized the dress up clothes on the large shelf.  My husband removed one of the “cubes” and then I used the 3M sticky hooks so that clothes could be hung.  We also have a chest and bin of accessories.

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Looking in the playroom. It is NOT this yellow!

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I LOVE how the dress up clothes hang

Anyway the space is pretty simple and well organized so fitting in a pile of new things was going to be tricky.  I also know from my Kindergarten teaching experience that the key to keeping kids engaged with toys is to swap them out every so often. And less is more!  I’m sure you’ve had to manage the play space once every toy had been dumped not fun.  I try to swap toys the first Saturday of the month but that hasn’t been happening lately so I needed a system.  I went to the dollar store and purchased a ton of bins and baskets all toys were then opened up and placed inside a basket or a bin with a lid.  Some bins went on playroom shelves, some on a shelf we have downstairs in our family room and the rest inside the playroom closet (yes our playroom has a closet it’s amazing).  This way when it’s toy swapping day it’s literally a matter of pulling out new bins and rotating between the two spaces.  It also makes tidy up really easy especially since Keelyn and William are use to Kindergarten and Daycare toys being organized in this manner.  My next step is to make labels for each bin which will make tidy up time really easy!

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The closet games on the top so William can’t reach them down 🙂

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Just for fun our playroom rules! Wall Decal ordered from ETSY from seller LucyLews

A Mommy Keelyn Day

Today I was home from work with my sick little girl.  She was sick through the night and in the morning when I had to make the decision to send her to school or stay home with her the answer was clear.  Poor little button!  But I’m sure all of you can identify the need to be with your mama when you are feeling that way.  My 6:30am riser slept in until 9:30 and then asked to be relocated to the couch.  She tried to be up a few times but it didn’t last long as she told me she was feeling dizzy.  A few movies later (thank you Netflix) and lots of snuggles she had started to perk up and that’s when I could see the boredom creep in.  A quick Pinterest search later and I found a fast and easy salt dough recipe  ornament that had 3 simple ingredients, flour, salt, warm water.  I knew this would be perfect for my recovering 4 year old as she was doing somersaults on the couch.  She could measure, pour, mix the ingredients independently and then use her mad playdough skills to roll and cut.    She came up with the idea to make it colourful.  She said purple and pink but I convinced her that red and green would be more Christmasy.  It’s also a no-bake we just put them on parchment on the island to dry.  We made 2 batches and it made about 30 ornaments. I think I might try this out with my students too! In a few days once they are fully dry  her and her little brother William will paint them.

A simple, quick and easy gift for all of her Great Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents and a super fast boredom buster!  I think I’ll try it again sometime but show her how to roll balls and make snowman sculptures!

This was her favourite part!  My 4 year old loves to get her hands dirty!

This was her favourite part! My 4 year old loves to get her hands dirty!

It has a really nice consistency. Very soft and easy to knead for small little hands!

It has a really nice consistency. Very soft and easy to knead for small little hands!

When I asked her if I could help her answer was "No mommy I know how to do this!"

When I asked her if I could help her answer was “No mommy I know how to do this!”