I have been enjoying the past few days off with no where needing to go. But now comes the fun part. Where to put all of the toys and gifts my kids received? How many of you stash presents away and then bring them back out later in the year as something new and exciting? (or have the room to do this?)
Because let's face it. The holidays bring massive amounts of toys you didn't even know existed. My daughter could have received a live Unicorn in our living room and it would not have phased her. She was ready to move on to the next wrapped present to open. Not that we are not grateful for all of the gifts my girls received, but a 1 and 3 year old can only handle a few at a time before they go sensory overload. So we staggered some of the gift opening over the next few days to make it more special.
Managing all of the toys has been a challenge. We have stored a few in our toy box/living room ottoman. Taken some old toys to Goodwill. And our neighborhood has a few Facebook pages where we can sell toys and kid items on it, and it's been so helpful recycling old toys on there.
But I have zero space left in my home to store anything else. One day when I have a free day to organize my closets, which will be one day NEVER, I need to get our office closet transformed into a gift closet for birthday party gifts, wrapping paper, recycling toys and maybe some room left over for actual office supplies, files and art supplies. Maybe I just need to move so my husband can have his man cave, I can have my craft room and my kids can have a large playroom. So basically we need a 6 bedroom house. :)
Adding more shelves and storage is a start:
And I am so going to copy this idea for behind the door! This will help with opening up a lot more room on my shelves to store other things.
Ahem..and as for making more room, I kind of went a little overboard on a new toy item. The big gift for our kids this year is something I've been waiting to buy them forever, a Doll House. I love dramatic play and as a play therapist, it's one of our main toys we use. Every child plays with it. And yes, boys included. Therapists use the neutral colored houses with plain wood so they can use their imagination as much as possible.
So I couldn't wait to have Santa bring my little girls a dollhouse. I spent hours looking online for one. Hours. Do I get a big one with an elevator- my favorite Barbie dream house as a child? Or go for an old fashioned one that looks like a little house? Or one of those in between ones made by Kidkraft? And the neutral colored ones or one with pinks for girls, since her favorite color is pink, pink pink.
Decisions, decisions. And drum roll.....we chose the Kid Kraft one. I like that it's not too flashy and pink, but there is definitely pink in there, as my daughter wouldn't have it any other way. It also has wheels on the bottom to roll as it's two-sided and came with 45 pieces of furniture.
But I am having doubts. It is super huge! And I thought going with a 2 sided option with wheels so we could push it up against and wall and then pull it out would work. But now I'm not so sure. Maybe it should have had an elevator. Maybe I should return it and go with the old school kind like this that opens up and is made of real wood?