Originally Posted by noorjahan
Nice house! I love the bedroom wall colour and master bath looks great!!
I saw the pics first and thought "wow! that's A LOT of toys!" and then I read your post and just stunned when I read below comment!!!!!
WOW!!!! How many more toys their friends have and actually how many a kid needs? Of course I don't have kids yet.....so I'm like
Oh you should see my friends' houses!
I'm not saying it's a bad thing-- every family is different. But every one of my friends who has more than one child has a whole room devoted to toys. And the rooms are filled to the brim. Most houses here come with a formal livingroom and a family room. The formal livingrooms are often converted into a kid play area. At one point we had a toy room in our spare room and it was just a chaotic mess. The kids had fun pulling the toys out from where they belonged and that's how they played, rather than playing with the actual toys.
I did a major toy culling and got rid of over half of them. I just recently gave away all the plastic Little Tykes type yard toys except one. I did not set out to buy that many toys. Most were bought one by one on a trip to the thrift store, a toy to keep them quiet, or some good quality toy that was really expensive new, but here it was for $2. Too good to pass that up, right? Also, we live in extreme heat from mid-May to late-Sept and it's too hot to play outside unless you go to a water park. So I figured that more toys was okay in our weather situation-- they need to entertain themselves. I also think that the reason for so many toys is because most mamas I know are doing it without any extended family help and it's hard to get anything done with little ones underfoot who are bored.
Soon I had so many toys for them that the house was a huge mess all the time and it was overwhelming to clean them up, so I just tossed them back in the toy room and shut the door. Now with our "smaller" house (not using the one bedroom) I had the rule, a place for everything and everything in its place. No duplicate toys, either. We didn't need three different shape sorters even if each of them were good shape sorters. We don't need a toy set of pots and pans and cups, because they play with my real ones most of the time anyway.
Now I have it down so that I can usually pick up our house in 20 minutes or less. If it takes longer than that, it's a sign that we have too much stuff.