The girls have had both of their birthdays in the space of a month and our house is currently representing a small toy store! So with great reluctance, as I am a procrastinater when it comes to decluttering, I spent a number of hours last weekend clearing out the girls play room. I went through all their toys and the tonne of arts and crafts to make room for all of the new things.
A play room wasn’t on our wish list when we were looking for our forever home. But the house we found and moved into 7 years ago had a downstairs study. Without a second thought this become the play room for our eldest, as our youngest wasn’t born then. The contents have grown a lot since daughter number two came along!
Below is the before picture. As you can see it was full to the brim:
In the picture below you can see what I ended up getting rid off. I can’t believe there was so much stuff in there! Mind you most of the stuff in the bin bag was torn scrunched up paper and broken toys. If I couldnt work out what it was it also went in the black bag.
The stuff to the left of the bag I have decided to keep but up in the loft. This is just in case the girls have children themselves and then I can be cool grandparent with ‘old fashioned’ toys to play with. I can’t believe I’m thinking like this, the girls aren’t even near the age of 10!!!!
After Operation Clear Out you can see how it looked below. The new toys in their new home:
I also want to show you some of the great storage ideas I have come across over the years. The first is the storage boxes in the IKEA unit. These are from The Great Little Trading Company and we purchased them over five years ago. We have four in total and they have lasted so well. You can find them on their website.
As the toy collection grew I designated a box for all the different collections that were growing:
- The blue star cube holds the marble run
- The green spotted cube holds all the jigsaws
- The pink spotted one (shown above) holds the Barbie, My Little Pony and Monster High dolls. It also holds all the dolls clothes and shoes.
- The other green spotted cube (shown above) holds the pretend food and the numerous tea sets the girls own.
The red star storage box that holds all the nerd guns is a new edition. I found this in Wilkinson. I think I have a storage cube problem, just like my basket obsession! If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you need to read my basket case post.
This box from Wilko helps to keep all the Nerf guns and supplies in one place. This means everything can be found quickly. Especially when a Nerf war breaks out, usual started by husband 10 minutes before bedtime!
My other favourite storage boxes are difficult to see in the pictures above but they have really changed the way I store the kids little bits and bobs.
As you can see they can store so much stuff and because of their size they can slot into drawers and shelves really easily. I found these in The Range but they are also available at Hobbycraft. They are really reasonable priced at £2.50 each. A great investment.
The girls can get to them and open them easily and just grab what they want. So if they are colouring they will get the one that holds the felt tips, pencils and crayons. If they are doing writing or arts and crafts they grab the one with the scissors, stencils and rubbers in. The one that holds the card games is great, the girls just grab the box and take it to wherever we are playing games. The last one holds all the beads for the bead designs, and there are a lot of them. They are like loom bands, you have no idea how so many of them are in your house!
Just having the shelves like this all across one wall is a really big help. They are the perfect size for holding the boxes of arts and crafts, the Lego boxes and all the colouring books we have too. We also have a lot of board games but they are not in this room, I have them stored somewhere else which is close to where we play them. I will show where this is in my next post, so don’t forget to pop back next week.
In the future I think this room will turn into a bit of a den for the girls and we will probably get something for them to sit on, move some more books in there which are currently in their rooms, maybe a small TV so they can go in there with their friends. But for now, it’s all about the toys, arts and crafts!
How do you store your kids toys? I would love to know so please leave a comment below.
Let’s get organised!