What parent with an active toddler hasn’t complained about “toys being all over the floor?”  A person can’t imagine the constant hurricane-state a home can become with an active toddler residing in it until they live with one.  Trying different solutions and rushing to Ikea or Bed, Bath and Beyond for the latest in organizational kids storage solutions does not work.  The Container Store has not helped either.  Why is kids storage so impossible?  When one puts all the toys away the toddler comes back and seems to say, “look at all the work I have to do to get all my toys back out and onto the floor!”

Then there is the issue of your own stuff gradually having to be moved higher and higher out of the little bandit’s reach.  With books and photos constantly being shoved into closets and breakables stashed away in cupboards your place begins to feel as if it caving in on you.  Finding kids storage solutions can be a daunting task.

Here’s a solution:

Be grateful and surrender to this new situation.   There will be a time when you won’t have toys all over your floor and you will miss it.  Kids storage issues will be a distant memory.  Embracing this special time in ones life is better than fighting it.  Doing the once a day sweep of the place is part of being an over-tired parent.  Think of it as the blessing that it is can replace frustration with the true humor that this new circumstance is.

I often think of it as the baby de-cluttering and making space for their life with us.  As I put away old photo albums and a lot of my old school books I think,  “well this makes space on the shelves for their stuff.”  Once they are in school there will be books and drawings and of course more toys to place on the shelves.  Practicing simplifying and de-cluttering is a healthful and lifelong pursuit.  (Please see my article on feng shui).

Also, not to be too dark but many, many couples cannot have children and would give anything to have such a problem as kids storage.

Try having less things on the walls to create some space for your eyesight. Negative space can be a place to rest your eyes.

So, welcome your new interior decorator as this time will pass quickly and it will be looked back on with nostalgia.

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4 Thoughts on “Kids Storage

  1. Samantha Zirkin on February 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm said:

    So true! Thank you for the wonderful post. We are so lucky to have playful, healthy children. The toys and artful “mess” will pass and we will miss this sweet time in our lives.

  2. Thanks Samantha. I’m glad you enjoyed the article and I like your term, “artful mess.” That is exactly what it is as they really are simply creating and exploring aren’t they? blessings to you and your family,
    Kathleen

  3. Just give in to it – thats my motto! Don’t tidy cos its like shoveling snow while its still snowing. Wait till they leave home – then tidy up!

  4. auntie em on February 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm said:

    great advice to families love your mess, be grateful for your busy little bees and feed your guys well! especially healthy chocolate! It’s biblical to celebrate and give thanks.
    Auntie Em

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