Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Toddlers Don't Dig Chaos

My toddler has an unreasonable number of toys and books - I don't take all the blame, his grandparents, aunts, uncles, great-grantparents, etc. just love to buy him things. But let's be frank, children cannot handle the overload of hundreds of toys, they don't know where to start, they can't decide what to play with and they are overwhelmed at the idea of cleaning it all up. Further, mom can't stand the sprawling toy jungle in her home.

I have to admit, after moving all the small toys and books into one room, I was embarassed at the quantity and the total lack of order.

Worse, the one "toy box", AKA ottoman that resides in the living room, was so deep in cluttered toys our child could not reach the bottom to get out what he wanted, and looking at the pictures I am not sure how he could decifer what was in there!

I visited a woman who had divided her child's small toys into a tub for each day of the week. The child had new toys (which was exciting and fresh) for each day, and a simple task each evening for clean up. I took her cue.

And now each morning we go and get "today's toys" and each evening we clean them up together. How orderly and simple.

Now even the living room ottoman has been re-tooled with only larger scale toys that our child can reach, and just a few.


  1. A much prettier version of a similar system. More toys, more speace, more kids and more ages. Love it.