We are more than halfway through Project Simplify and learning so much as we go! This week was a fun intermission for us. We purged a few items, but mostly we just played with everything then put it back in an organized fashion. That is our reward for continually evaluating our toys. Something fun happens when you get to the bottom of the toy box. You start playing with toys you haven’t seen in a while in a whole new way. If you are wondering where we hide everything, here is another photo of our secret hiding spaces. They fit perfectly under our play table and keep little parts organized. Each one holds a particular category, like Mickey’s Clubhouse pieces or Barbies, so the kids can take them out and put them away neatly.
I could imagine using these for categories, like a bucket marked “music” or “library books” and we could definitely use the craft caddy with its six deep compartments and kid-friendly handle. We love these buckets and hope you check them out, too.
What we learned from this project is that kids really need space, not necessarily toys. A few special items and a place to create seems to be the trick. Keeping the right toys in accessible areas works better than a pile of whatnots that gets ignored. If you have trouble parting with toys, try packing some up and putting them in rotation. Schools rotate their educational toys monthly to match their themes but mostly to keep the children stimulated. Try packing up 2 or 3 boxes and switching them out every now and then. See what happens when the toys reappear. If, after a few rotations, you find that some toys are still not interesting, give them to someone who will enjoy them more.
At the end of our simplifying event, we treated ourselves to a family game of Candyland. Then, neatly placed the box back on the game shelf where it belongs.
I hope everyone had as much fun as we did this week. Keep the momentum up and check back on Monday when hotspot #4 is revealed.
*Jill is a local supermom of 3, dedicated to educating and entertaining children. Her creativity and joy are unstoppable and we are so blessed to have her in our lives.