Thursday, January 22, 2009

Taming the Toys

Here is our sick little boy.
Poor thing!  We are surviving his cold.

One of my favorite bloggers asked for pictures of how I'm taming the toys.  So, HollyJo here you go! :)

We had purchased matching tv and stereo units from Ikea back when we were living in NYC.  We continued to use the tv stand until London was mobile.  It was very low and on casters, so it was basically a death trap for a toddler.  I looked and looked for another piece of furniture without much luck.  Everything was waaaay more money than I wanted to spend.  So, we finally decided to move our sofa table and put the tv on it.  It had little baskets on the bottom shelf which housed London's toys for awhile.  As he got bigger, he started playing with (climbing on, dragging around, throwing) the baskets and I was afraid that they would start falling apart.  So I moved one of our under the bed boxes to the living room and it works very well. 

It isn't exactly stylish, but I don't mind.  It works well.  London can pull it out and even play in it.  With a December birthday and Christmas, he has outgrown this "toy box".  Now it houses stuffed animals and a few other odds and ends.
We purchased this toy box from Babies R Us.  It is exactly what I wanted.  When London has a big boy room it will be primary colors and we will move this into his room.  I really like how I can anally sort his toys into the bins and he can enjoy un-organizing them.  I also like how he can see all of his toys and choose what he wants to play with.  Traditionally toy boxes aren't as easy to access.
These are 2 small, unfinished book shelves that we bracketed together so he couldn't pull them onto himself.  They house his bigger toys that don't fit into the bins.  He loves taking his toys on and off of the shelves.  Some day I will probably paint them and put them in his big boy room for books, puzzles, games, etc. 

So, yea, our living room looks a little bit like a preschool right now.  I love it!  London spends 95% of his waking moments in the living room and I want it to be comfortable for him as well as us.  I like having a place for all of the toys while maintaining easy access to them for London.

14 comments:

Holly Jo said...

Thanks for indulging my organization curiosities. :) Love the book shelves. We have the same bins, and they have been GREAT since Bubba was one.

Good luck with a sick guy. It is so miserable when they are sick.

Laurel MacD said...

What a great blog - I'm sorry your little guy is sick, that's not fun for anyone.

I re-organize the toys about every couple of months. I can never get it quite right - your look great.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Thanks for linking to the party!!! Love your ideas!

SoBella Creations said...

Both my girls have those bins in their rooms to hold the little stuff. In my oldest daughters room hers has book storage on the top layer. It is great for things that would get lost in the bottom of a toy box.

Pretty Organizer said...

Soo great! Isn't furniture a saving grace for toys? I love how you were thrifty and repurposed what you had! Great post!

Cheryl said...

Adorable. I agree toy boxes are not functional at all. I like the idea of them holding stuffed animals though!

Meredith said...

I think it is all about being easy to use. That is the most important thing to help with being organized. Yours fits the bill!

Gray Matters said...

You can never have too many bookshelves - great idea to attach them with brackets!

Liz@Violet Posy said...

Great Organisation! I hope you're lovely little boy is better soon x

RN and OSHP said...

Love the idea of bracketing the small shelve together! I have been wanting some of those in my kids room but was worried about them climbing. That's a great way to add stability without screwing them to the wall.

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

We have those bins too and I love them!

~ Sarah

Martha said...

I have the same toy box, but I use it for my craft supplies! It works perfect for me! :)

Martha

Astrid said...

I like those bookshelves! Where did you get them?

jenjen said...

What a great playroom! Everything looks like it has a place. Aren't those bins the best!

Thanks!

Jen