It's working well for us, though it's only been a week.
Anyone else have their children's toys stored in a way they need help/supervision to get to them? Good idea or bad?
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They (mostly the almost 2yo) still gets into no no's of course but....
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My son can get to all of his toys. But he chooses to play with things he is not supposed to play with anyway!
I personally think it's a better idea to have your child be able to reach the toys. However, with a linen closet, she'll be able to open and get into that within a matter of months or at most a year or so, so if you're both happy with it, it sounds like that will work just fine until then.
I really like the china hutch idea. I may have to peek at my great-grandma's china hutch to see if it would work for that purpose. She is always telling me I can have it anytime and I always say I don't have room, but I'm always thinking I don't have room to store fancy dishes in it. Maybe I will have room to store toys and other stuff in it in our new place...hmm...
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I don't see anything wrong with the system, we just don't like having enough toys to make it worth while.
All other toys are at her level.
I do a bit of toy rotation as well, so at any given point she's got toys in a closet as well.
My inclination would be to clear a few shelves in your living room for her toys and rotate the toys at a rate that works for you guys. What having her toys at her level has done for dd is also let her put the toys away herself.
fancy books are the nice picture books that we read to him. he has other books (card board books, used books, etc) that i allow hiim to read on his own, without supervision.
there are rules with the uke (no standing on it, no dragging it, no banging it against the wall, etc). so, if it looks like music is digressing into somethig that would damage the instrument, then i just put it up. we have a ritual for putting it to 'sleep' and it's out of his reach. now, we don't use the "no" aspect of the rules. it is literally, if this is happening, then it's time for the uke to go to bed.
otherwise, all of his toys, books, and other instruments are within his reach on the bottom two shelves in our living room. a drum and basket of instruments, a basket of soft toys, a box with wooden trains, blocks, and his books.
Other toys are either in their room, or our "junk room". Everything is accessible as long as the floor is clear. If they've been dumping bins onto the floor and the stuff has not been picked up, then the toy shelves are not very accessible.
This is only an issue in the junk room; their bedroom gets picked up every evening.
Toys that I get fed up with - usually those that have lots of little pieces - I often will put away for awhile, up out of sight and reach.
I also keep most games and puzzles out of reach, though they can see them they have to ask. If loosing a piece would result in the thing being unusable then I prefer them to ask for it and we put one away before getting out the next.
Other than that DD (nearly 6) can reach most of her stuff. DS can see his but a lot of his shelves are too high for him to get it himself. Again I kind of like that he can only empty so much onto his floor.
When they were smaller they had a basket of books which I didn't mid too much if they got ripped. Now they are able to turn pages carefully they have most of their books in reach. CDs we copy and let them have the copies, we've had enough broken discs not to want to give them the originals.
I;m always slightly torn about how much access they should have. I love it when they use the wooden blocks to build tunnels for the trains or set up shop but at the same time they are easily overwhelmed by clearing it away at the end of the day so for now we still have some limits.
DD is almost 4. She has an art drawer in the kitchen with a school box of washable markers, a school box of colored pencils, and a box of crayons. There are also coloring books, blank paper, and notebooks, and pens. The more messy art stuff is in the big art tote.
Puzzles are in the closet--she can reach them but she has to ask for help getting the door open. We have to get one out, then pick it up before getting out another or she'll lose all the pieces!
We keep her wooden castle with Schleich people in the living room because she plays with it all the time!
She has way too many toys and refuses to get rid of any. I'm getting ready to put even more of them into totes so that we can get out one tote everyday or something like that. I think she'll appreciate the toys more and her room will be look less like a walk-in-closet that's been hit by a tornado.
Wouldn't it be fun to make up a rubbermaid tote for every few days? Each one could have a couple different puzzles, a game, some coloring and craft stuff, and a couple toys...
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