Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Toys? What toys?

Ever wish we lived back in the day when kids had like one toy apiece? It might have been a dried up apple core, a wee strip of tree bark, maybe some fossilized dinosaur poop?

Storing those toys would have been easy. Today, not so much.

Here's a suggestion for keeping children's things under wraps in the more public rooms of the house.

See the cabinet up there? I got that for $5 at an auction. It needed a few nails, a little stain and I hacked off the legs.

And here was the tricky part: I nailed a few starfish (dried; I think the live ones would wiggle too much) to the doors. Just use little nails and don't whack them too hard.

It's about four feet tall and inside there are wooden drawers when little toys live and some shelves for games.

I'd love to hear if you have any good ideas for storing toys in your living room or family room. Pass them along!

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8 comments:

Yvie said...

Interesting, we haven't thought of creatively keeping my son's toys. They're all inside a huge box---so it'll be easier for him to get the stuff he'd like to play.

Awww, this makes me want to buy our own house.

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

I need like 50 of those starfish cabinets.

*sigh*

The Nester said...

LOVE the starfish idea!!!

super fun blog!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Great idea, and how cute to add the starfish!

Thanks for sharing your "creative concealment" idea!

Happy day!
Melissa

Fran├žoise said...

Handsome chest and fun starfish!
A hint for young moms: less is better. I raised 4 kids born in a 6-year span and we were drowning in toys. An older friend counseled me to put 2/3 of the toys in boxes and store them out of sight while they were asleep. The kids were a little wary at first but soon settled down to playing with what was readily available. Every 4 months, I packed the currently used toys, stowed them away and brought in the "new" toys. Book, dress-up clothes and art&craft stuff was available all year round.
Trust me, it works. They become more creative with what they have, and it sure cuts down on picking-up and storage!

Jen r. said...

Ha ha. I love it.. I did the same thing! Great idea! Jen R

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Love it! What a cute place to keep toys.

Abbreviated said...

Love the starfish pulls.