Parents: Where do you keep your children’s toys?
Toys. They come with kids. Or is it, kids come with toys? Almost 5 years and, oh, about a million toys later, I’m not sure any more. All I know is they can’t seem to exist independently.
Ever since my oldest was old enough to have more than a handful of baby toys (Christmas just before he turned 6 months, apparently), we kept his toys out of the bedroom. He shared our room with us until he was almost 17 months, so fitting a multitude of toys in an already crowded bedroom wasn’t really an option. And it was always easier to keep them in the living room rather than his room, which he didn’t seem to like for a long time.
When he did move into his room, he still preferred to play in the living room, so we only moved a few toys into his room and I did my best to remember to rotate them. Except he hated it when I moved his favorite toys into his room. Inevitably, they ended up back in the living room, and I basically gave up.
Almost 5 years later, my kids still have most of their toys in the living room. But as they get older, the toys seem to be getting smaller with even more pieces to them. We also have 3 different block sets that sometimes get dumped out all at once. My feet hate me. I just know it.
My daughter will be 2 soon and we’ll be getting her ready to go into her own room, just down the hall from her brother. I’m hoping they play in the hall so they can run back and forth between their rooms for toys, but I’m not holding my breath. If that happens, all toys go into their rooms and I get a tidy-ish living space back. If not, I’ll just be here drowning in toys.
I’m torn between keeping their toys in the living room, dividing them between their rooms, or splitting them 3 ways between their rooms and the living room knowing full well they’ll all end up in the living room. In my family, I’m notoriously bad at making decisions. The joke is I would definitely hang a jury.
So I want to ask all the parents out there: what do you do?
Even if you’re not a parent, I’d still like to hear from you.