If ever we are missing something we know where to go. The problem is that we can never find what we're looking for until we deal with a mess like this...
After a long talk one night, Claude and I decided that part of the problem is that this child has access to a lot of toys and other items. Perhaps if there was less to gather less would be collected? It was worth a try.
I've been wanting to clean out our toys for a while, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
So, after throwing away and giving away about half of the kids' toys here's what resulted.
|Nearly all of our toys are in this part of the living room.|
|The boys' room now has beds, a tool bench, dress-up armor, Legos, individual keepsake bins, and clothing.|
|The girls' room has beds (yes, they are unmade...this is real life, folks!), a doll house and accessories, Legos, clothing, and individual keepsake bins. Once Rachel moves in the empty wall will have a play yard.|
|Our school room shelves.|
|The reading corner minus half of the books that we once had there.|
|The entryway closet now houses craft supplies, games, and other things we don't want the kids to have free access to.|
|No more folding the linens! Now we can just toss linens into their labeled bins and be done.|
We'll be set!