|The bosses of the house, |
Pictured here at an Actual museum, not our house :)
I have hundreds of ideas for how and where to store toys...but I don't want to live in a house where no one can play.
As much as I sometimes wish that the main living areas of our home could look more like the adults run the show, and all of the toys and kiddie crap could just reside in the basement...it's not really practical to completely live that way. During the day, my kids run the show. We don't always put everything away the minute we're done playing with it because chances are that 5 min later someone will want to play with it again. I try very hard not to be that lady running after my kids straightening up their path of destruction by the minute. It's difficult at times because the mess can drive me crazy- but I know that living in the moment with my kids is more important than cleaning their fingerprints off of the front door or making sure that none of the pieces from Candy Land end up in the box for Chutes and Ladders.
In my general organizing routines, I try to come up with ways to keep the hidden spaces clean, so that when it's time to restore order to my house at the end of the day- there's a place to put everything. I try to come up with ways to keep frequently used items right at our fingertips, so that once in awhile we will actually put things away as we finish with them, (and then my job at the end of the day is easier). But I will say it's surely no coincidence that most of the photos on this blog are cropped VERY closely to the point to interest, and if my husband comes home early, the front entryway looks NOTHING like what you see in the picture above.