Monday, December 20, 2010

Strategic storage

Well, it has started.

We had our first round of family Christmas and I am already overwhelmed by the number of new things that will be taking up residence in our home.

Until this point, I feel like I have done a decent job of finding hidden storage in a drawer here, or a cabinet there, and most of Ellen's things can be hidden when desired. We are pretty much at capacity, though, and even though I purged some things recently, she still really plays with most of it on a rotating basis.

My current plan is to wait to see the extent of what Santa brings, then shop the after-holiday sales for some decent looking storage containers with lids. (All of this storage is in our living and dining room, of course, not in any magical playroom).

My only tip at this point, as the mother of a young girl, is to have a stash of small boxes or containers on hand for the myriad of little treasures that come through your door. Miss E brought home about 48 Silly Bandz yesterday, which I promptly put in an old Christmas tin. She is more willing to keep them in one place if I show her what that place should be, and she has just as much fun moving them in and out (and in and out and in and out) of that box.

How are you strategic in attacking toy storage?


Marie Hooker said...

Love my storage ottoman from Target-looks nice and hides things beautifully. FULL of toys now, and later can be used for blankets and large amounts of money P will make me. We have little baskets all around, and big tubs full of toys upstairs in the magic playroom. Sounds like you have a great plan of attack! We may do some donating of toys this week to make room for the new stuff...A good Christmas tradition to start?

Bets said...

That's a GREAT tradition! I left school with a sad heart knowing that many of my kids won't have much under the tree ... and may not have much in their bellies over the break. Wouldn't it be great if we could start a shop at our schools for the families that wanted to come "purchase" gently-used gifts before the holidays?