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We have a playroom with DD's bookcase, table with chairs, play kitchen and activity table. My questions is: should I leave the playroom as is or move her toys/activities into other rooms? (Ex. her kitchen in the kitchen, activity table in porch, etc.)<br>
What is best?
 

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My ds has a playroom AND toys in every room of the whole house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
his big stuff like book shelf, play kitchen, etc is all in his toy room and really seems to like having his own space. Sometimes he likes to play in there alone and close the door and tell me I can't come in.. lol
 

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Personally, although it isn't pretty, I like having toys everywhere (we try not to have a ton of toys, anyway). I particularly like having the kitchen near our own kitchen so that DD can "cook" while I cook. She does help with real cooking, but I want her to be able to play and model behavior while not being isolated from us. When she is older (she is only 25 months), perhaps she will want her privacy. But, for now, I feel that it is important for her to be included in most of the adult tasks in some little way, so that she feels like her role in the family is important. Plus, I feel that play is the most important way that children learn. Therefore, I want to encourage play all of the time, not just in designated areas. I don't know if that makes sense, but it works for us.
 

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We have toys everywhere also! I've found that I can keep putting them away in one place, and they just magically appear every where else (even the bathroom).
 

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I think it's important to have a child-friendly home, so most rooms should have some things for the LO to play with or use - practically, that seems to mean more time that I can do something while DD plays nearby, too!<br><br>
I'm sure that looks different in every home, though. Personally, I'm keeping mellow toys (stuffed animals, books) in "her" room, to emphasize that that's a calm space; more active toys and little seats in the living room; and she has a cabinet of her own in the kitchen.
 

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we have toys in most areas of the house, if you can't fight it...embrace it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We do both - the loft is the playroom, with most of the toys and then baskets of other toys all over the rest of the house. At this point, I don't even separate toys into the baskets, just as long as things end up in one or the other.
 

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We have toys everywhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> But, we don't have any 'big' toys yet (play kitchens an things), just lots of different blocks and cars and balls and people and things spread around. I like it this way for right now, though I suspect eventually we'll get my old room more and more into DS' room and less of a general storage-type place <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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All of our girl's toys are kept in their room (except for any kind of writing instrument- learned that the hard way<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">). They do have a cool kitchen that stays in their room but occasionally I'll bring it out for them to use while I'm cooking and they get so excited when I do that. lol My opinion is to keep it all in the play room but take the kitchen out here and there for your dd to use along side you in the kitchen. It could be such a treat for her. Same thing for the activity table- nothing wrong with a change in scenery. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Sometimes just moving a toy from one room to the next for a while can respark a kid's interest in it. My girl's have several different kinds of blocks in plain sight in their room but rarely play with them. THe other day I brought their bucket of wooden blocks and put them in the living room and they played with them excitedly for over an hour! lol
 

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Everything stays in the play room, but the playroom is the formal dining room is it is right in the middle of the house.
 

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We just set up a playroom, and though the kids still do bring toys to other rooms, having a playroom where everything is stored has done <i>wonders</i> to contain the mess. There are <i>far</i> less toys scattered everywhere all day long. Setting up the playroom was one of my best moves, clutter-wise. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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we have toys in just about every room. i have certain areas gated off where she can get hurt (like kitchen and bathroom) but if im in there i let dd come too, and she has a couple toys in those off limits rooms that stay there and she is excited to play with, so she stays occupied when im cooking, showering (peeing...haha). the majority of the toys though are in her room and then the great room (livingroom/dining) with a small basket in our bedroom too, since that is where she sleeps, and if she gets up before 7, she is welcome to get out of bed and play with those toys, but baring any major issues, mama stays in bed til 7! i like to keep my bases covered <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We just moved into a home with enough space for a play room (which will one day be dd's bedroom when she's ready). Dd seems to really enjoy a space she knows is designated for her and I love being able to reclaim a more grown up feel in the living room as it felt like I was spending all my time in a kindergarten before <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
There are still toys in every room of the house though--it makes me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> to see her brightly colored toys in every room! She is part of our family and I want her to be/feel acknowledged on that level wherever we are in our home.
 

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We have an unofficial play room, but that is never used; unless DH or I are also in this room. Both DS and DD want to be where we are, so the toys are too. If I told my DS he had to play in his room, and he would be by himself, he would be really sad. Of course, this may change. When he is older maybe he will want more privacy, or just a place to do his own thing away from the rest of us. Same with DD. On rare occasions, they do go into another room by themselves, but usually it is the two of them together.<br><br>
So, yea, the house is a mess. I don't like toys in the kitchen, and not in our bedroom either, but it happens sometimes. Family room, art room, dining room, all strewn with toys. Their bedrooms are really small, but also only have a few calm, quiet toys in them; books, stuffed animals.... I agree with a pp about keeping bedrooms calm areas, so they don't want to play when it is time for bed. It works for us.
 

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There is a corner of the living room that is home to the toys that are usually downstairs, but the toys themselves are usually all over the livig room, kitchen, and dining room. Upstairs, her toys mostly stay in her bedroom.
 

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We have a shelf in the living room, playroom and both bedrooms. Toys are in baskets, and the baskets travel between shelves. It works out really well. His big kitchen is in the playroom.
 

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We have a playroom where the big stuff (play kitchen, play fridge, train table, etc.) is, but we also have built-in bookshelves in the living room that have cabinets hat close on the bottom, so there are toys in there, too. Well, actually, that's where the toys are at the end of night; during the day, there's complete drift. Everywhere. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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this is what we do too. I just like having a central location for all of ds's toys, so it's easier to get the house looking clean and uncluttered whenever there's company or something like that.
 
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