Preventing Toy Seepage, Episode I: Start from the Beginning

Ah, toy seepage, the gradual–or sudden–flow of toys into your previous adult spaces. It’s annoying. The best way to prevent it is to not allow your children to have toys. But that’s not practical, realistic or reasonable. The best practical, realistic and reasonable way to handle it is to start from the beginning, before you bring your bundle of joy home from the hospital.

So, what are you to do to prevent this? Here’s a gameplan:

  • Determine the amount of space you have for toys. Be realistic. Unless you’re die-hard minimalists, you’ll need more than one tiny bin or shelf.  
  • Try to explain your situation to loved ones when they ask what you need. Explain that you have only limited space for the baby’s toys. Point them to your registry or tell them gift cards are always welcome. I shouldn’t have to say this, but I will. Always be gracious when you receive a gift, even if it’s too big and you explained your limitations. Afterall, God invented customer service so we can make returns. (OK. He really didn’t, but sometimes good customer service seems like a gift from God.)
  • Pick out concealed storage pieces that are functional and beautiful. I’ll round up some of my current favorites next month.
  • When your little bundle of joy begins to play with her toys, pick them up as she goes and routinely clean them out.

This gameplan is a little simplistic, but you should be able to tailor it to your needs.

What toy storage strategies have you developed?

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