We had a lovely weekend. On Saturday, we were busy preparing for Margs’ small birthday party. Our guests arrived around 4pm and stayed late into the night. We had an amazing time celebrating this little girl. Delicious food (most of it was bought prepared) and even better company made for a really wonderful evening. Margs was surrounded by her favourite people and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Sunday was spent at home relaxing. Margs was exhausted from the previous nights excitement, so while she took extra long naps I got working on organizing her toys and clothing.
Margs received a bunch of lovely new outfits from her grandparents and fun new toys from her aunts and uncles. All this new stuff needed to be put away and to make room for it I had to sort what she already had.
I started with her toys.
Margs doesn’t have that many toys really. I try to keep toy clutter to a minimum (purging every other month or so) by cycling out the toys that are broken (garbage) or no longer age appropriate (I send these to the consignment shop for store credit).
Pictured above is the contents of her toy box that sits in our living room. In all, there were 45 toys. I find that it helps immensely to lay them out this way. It helps you visually see what toy inventory you have so you can begin choosing which toys will remain and which ones will go. First, I removed all the toys that were broken or damaged. Then, from the lot I had left I removed any toys that were no longer age appropriate or that Margs shows no interest for. At this point I was left with nearly half what I started with. My final swoop involved choosing toys to keep that I know she enjoys and that provide her with positive stimulation.
22 toys remained.
I purposely store her toys in a medium sized cloth basket. (2 ft by 3ft and 1 ft high) Mer and I were going to buy her a wooden toy box but after some reflection we realized that the larger the capacity of the container the more likely we were to fill it with toys that really served no purpose. So, I purchased this smallish basket and it’s working out wonderfully. Its small size forces us to sort through her toys often. It also makes us conscious of what we do buy because we’ve got an unwritten rule that the box cannot overflow. We treat it like prime real estate around here so we are extra careful when adding to her toy collection.
I approach her clothing situation much the same way. Whenever new pieces arrive I make it a point to let go of items that are either unusable (stained, ripped) or too small. Kids grow at such an alarming rate that there is always something in their wardrobe that they are about to outgrow. To keep her wardrobe under control I’m constantly switching out items so that we’re not overwhelmed with a huge volume of baby clothes because they can accumulate incredibly quickly if you’re not keeping on top of it.
Here is her one drawer of outfits. (Yup, she’s only got one drawer of clothes).
Margs’ clothes are folded such that each bundle includes a top and bottom. It makes changing her a breeze because each one is a set and I do not have to waste time or energy matching any of her clothes. I fold them this way fresh from the dryer and just pop the clothes back into their respective slots when I’m done.
We basically live by the “one in one out rule” around here when it comes to Margs.
Babies Toddlers (waaaah!) have and need tons of stuff. To keep things as simple as possible we tend to get rid of the same number of items as we bring in. It really does help keep things simple, organized and manageable.