We are currently living in a very small space, temporary and making the best of it, but very small. And three kids means a LOT of toys. Ah, it was just three years ago that you couldn't find a single kids toy in my house, now they have taken over. But if you've ever had kids I don't have to tell you!
Anyway, my husband works hard all day and comes home to a frazzled wife, three kids bouncing off the walls, toys EVERYWHERE and a 160 pound dog laying in the midst of it all. Not that I don't pick them up several times a day, but it takes all of two seconds for them to be strewn about all over again. So today I made a choice. Quality over quantity. They have so many great toys that are just a little to advanced for them to play with properly, so I got out a rubbermaid and filled it with toys to bring back out in a year or so. Then I got out a box and filled it with those filler toys, you know, the ones they pull out but don't really play with. If I don't see they love it, it's time to let it go.
I told myself the less toys we have out to play with the less time it will take to pick up, the happier mommy and daddy will be and the more creative projects we can do. So what's left? A small play kitchen, our felt play house (see the photo to the right, you can win one starting monday!) one dolly, two tractors, some race cars, a ball, and lots of books. Really, that's it! Don't worry, we have lots of crayons, paper, watercolor paints and imagination.
Just thought I might inspire you to get rid of something today, make your life a little easier, you'll thank me.