Anyone remember this Diamond Rio song, “Stuff”? This post has it playing in the background
I know you’re probably thinking: “Kath this is sooooooo not important right now!”
However, houses, home organization, decluttering and sorting stuff is one of my favorite pastimes. I’m actually looking forward to the challenge of finding ways to organize toys.
I know you’re also thinking: “You can organize them but they will be all over the house 5 minutes later.”
That’s ok – I’m still going to make some effort though! I’ve babysat kids enough in my life to know that putting all the toys back in the bins can be fun.
Here are a selection of my favorites (can you tell I love Land of Nod!?)
(I’m there are TONS of cool options at stores like Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Target and more too!
These were just my fancy favorites)
So where will all the STUFF go!? Well I have some ideas….and empty corners….and plans for lots of cute baskets and bins.
First the living room….
It’s on the “stuffy” side (haha) because we don’t really use it that much. Mostly for entertaining and reading. But it’s the closest living space to the kitchen, so I can see it becoming kid play area – although I wouldn’t be able to have my eye on him so safety is a concern. I now understand why all the women on House Hunters want the open kitchen so they can see their kids playing!
I know there is a nice open spot for the swing though1 Can you leave your baby out of eye’s reach in a swing?
There is room behind this chair for a nice bench or bin for toys
And an open corner here for something slim
One thing about our living room rug. I absolutely love the texture and feel….until you put a knee on it. It’s probably the worst surface for baby crawling ever!! I hate to get rid of it, but we will see what happens and where we end up doing most of the playing.
I can see this area of the entry way becoming something built-in with hooks and a shelf or two for hats n things
Oh and clearly…the linens can be relocated
I imagine our downstairs family room will become Play Central. There is less to break and lots and lots of space for toys, pack n play, swing, etc. It’s just so dark down there! But I realistically see myself spending the most time here both once the baby is born and when he is much older too. Plus the rug is plush!
There are plenty of empty walls for shelves, toy baskets or bins to go
These shelves are pretty much empty
This basket just has a blanket in it – nothing more
This entire corner is empty!
More skinny space
Under the stairs – hideout or big toy storage
And of course..
Up in the dining room, we have several corners that would work for the high chair – I’m hoping to get a modern green one to match the green lamp shade!
In the kitchen, we have several spots that can be reorganized for baby/toddler bottles, cups and things.
The poor wine glasses really could go elsewhere.. and this could become the bottle cabinet!
We also might play on the porch! I have been debating getting an outdoor rug for the porch, but I just love the rich red floors so much I hate to cover them up. But once the baby crawls…
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