A while back, Lacey documented the state of her pre-baby home, and boldly announced her plans to keep it as kid clutter-free as possible. I had to laugh, because our house is absolutely crammed with Adriana and Lucia's junk. I am very impressed by people who can keep their kid stuff in designated kid zones and completely out of the adult spaces.
I thought I would just document ONE room, to show you the extent to which we let our kids take over our house.
First, we always have a blanket down on the floor for Lucy. I just pulled some of Adriana's old toys out of storage since she is more alert and pays attention to them now.
The vibrating chair is not normally in this room, but I haven't taken it back upstairs since our playdate with the twins. It is usually in our upstairs bathroom or bedroom or hallway, begging to be tripped over.
The swing is so valuable that I don't even care that it takes up so much space. Do you like the poo stain on the right strap? If anyone knows how to get poo out of whatever material straps are generally made out of (nylon?) please share. I have tried everything and it still looks gross.
Next up is the diaper pail, laundry basket, and diaper basket. We do so many clothing changes in the living room that keeping a laundry basket here seems to be the easiest way to keep the mess under control. I am not a changing table person, so all diapers and related supplies go in a basket and we change the kiddos in front of the fireplace, on the floor.
Our mantle houses everything we use a lot but don't want Adriana to mess with...kleenex, lotion, vitamins, medicine, etc. We also set glasses and pop cans up here, but lately I've been pretty good about taking them to the kitchen every time I get up. The booties are up there to prevent the evil cat from making them his pets and hiding them in weird places around the house. The DVDs are of the fairy or princess variety.
The bottom shelf of our built in is devoted to Adriana's books and crayons, for easy access. It's really convenient, right up until she decides to knock all of the contents onto the floor. The water bottle is a permanent resident of the living room since breastfeeding makes me crazy thirsty.
Here is where it gets ridiculous. There was a time when everything was nice and organized on this shelf, but yeah. We need to weed out the toys she actually plays with and put everything else in storage until it's Lucy's turn. I've also thought about putting 98% of the toys in the girls' rooms once we make the switcheroo and everything is organized, but then I'd feel like we would have to play up there. I like that we pretty much only use our upstairs for bathing and sleeping.
Here's a shot of the whole room, on a daycare day. If Adriana was home, the contents of the toy shelf would be strewn all the fuck over the place.
- The numerous stains from Adriana's inability to put her snacks/drinks in her mouth instead of on the carpet
- The numerous spots on the couch containing remnants of toddler drool/boogies and newborn barf
- The coffee table drawer full of more stuff we don't want Adriana to mess with and other kid crap
Does anyone have any toy storage solutions that they love? How do you keep your kid clutter in check?