|Our Living Room/Play Room|
Like I blogged earlier, there are many other places we stash toys around here. Another major source of storage is the ottoman. The ottoman is the most used piece of furniture in the living room. We use it to rest our feet, place a drink down, sit on, build forts from, hang off of & most importantly, play on. But after all that, it still has a very important job to do-hold our stuff. At the moment the ottoman houses the train sets and the tracks. I have the tracks in a bin inside the ottoman. Keeping things in separate compartments helps keep them tidy and lets kids know where things belong instead of in a big heap. Aside from the trains we have some other big items that don't fit in our cubby section.
Just across from the ottoman we have a large wicker basket that we put all of our in-rotation stuffed animals. The key to keeping things organized and tidy is limiting the amount of things you have out by rotating and keeping things visible. When toys fall to the bottom of huge bins they get lost and forgotten.
Next we have our reading areas. We are avid readers in this house and I think we have enough books to open a book store. I want my children to enjoy reading and know that they can go anywhere in a book, whenever they want, it's only a page away. We have many areas for book storage, some are up higher in our cubby section for the bigger kids and larger board books are at ground level. Our reading nook consists of a comfy chair and a sling book case. Both of these were purchased at Toys R' Us.
Another stash of books is located on either side of the couch on the side tables. I purchased the basket weave bins from the dollar store and they hold all our smaller board books that disappear on the sling bookcase.
And lastly our Calico Critter collection. My daughter is only 2.5, and doesn't play with a lot of the little pieces that come with these critters, but the bigger ones she can. I found this paper suitcase at Micheal's and thought it was perfect for all their pieces.
Last stop on our toy organization is our dress-up and art centers. Check back soon to see how we deal with those messes. Happy Organizing until then ;)
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