Originally Posted by pookel
How about instituting a "one toy at a time" rule? Keep stuff in high cabinets where they can't reach it, and make them put old stuff away before you get new stuff out.
Or to make your job easier, make it "one box at a time" and have a bunch of toys in each box, and then they don't get a new one until the old one is put away.
Easier said than done
. I don't want to limit my children's creativity and imagination by only limiting them to a toy. It's kind of hard to have tea parties without 4 or 5 dolls, a table, chairs, tea party set, play food, entertainment, ect...and my kids have a lot
of tea parties! Plus my kids can climb any surface in my home so it is useless to try to put things out of their reach.
I think I know what I have to do and it is a tough choice. I want to take the TV out of the living room as most of the mess conglomerates there. We'll have to put it in our bedroom, where there is little room to spare so I don't know how that will work. The kids like to take things and act along with the TV or they will sit and draw pictures of what they are watching or dance along (TV is not a passive thing with my kids, lol!! They almost never just sit and watch). They also like to take the videos and line them up in different ways, alphabetically, by series, by color, release date, ect... and there are times we would like to sit on the couch
. DH is very hesitant. I've been wanting to do it for ages. It is so easy to turn on the TV and leave it on all day.
I bought an area rug to put between our love seat and couch so I really, really want to keep that area clean. No more eating/drinks in the living room. Messy crafts in the kitchen. The floor is getting so gross and we need to change how we're doing things.