Last night Richard was working late, yes again, so I decided it was a prime opportunity to do some cleaning of the boys toys. We have toys in the living room, the play room, upstairs, in Blake's room and in Colby's room. For the most part everything is pretty organized, and the things in the living room are pretty much put away and almost out of sight... well almost.
The motivation this time was puzzles that Blake has been playing with, and well Colby's been dumping out. My parents brought over some puzzles that they had from my childhood. Blake has loved putting together the wooden puzzles. But, the puzzles were housed in a plastic tote and Colby would pull out puzzle after puzzle and dump them all over the floor. This meant that I then have to sort through and re-make all the puzzles.
So what's a mommy to do?? Put the puzzles into a drawer of the entertainment center (yes their toys have taken over the entertainment center too). In order to do that I had to take out some baby toys, which much to Richard's chigrin are now in the garage awaiting the yard sale we will have someday.
I then decided to move things around a bit. I try to swap things around from time to time. It's amazing how something that has been ignored in one space becomes a fantastic find when it's in a new location. It will be a lot better in a few months when Colby will be a bit bigger and can play with all of the toys. It get challenging trying to keep the little things out of his reach as his reach keeps getting higher.
Are we the only crazy parents who have toys everywhere? Do you swap things around in your house to keep things interesting? What do you do with the things your kiddos outgrow?