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.