The trouble with Christmas . . .
The trouble with Christmas is it really highlights the lack of storage in your home! I distinctly remember sitting on Christmas morning staring at the various mountains of presents around the house, thinking where on earth is all this going to go? We’ve just moved to a bigger house, so really we should be fine. Its not so much that we haven’t got the space for it, but we just don’t have the right storage for it all??
In the children’s playroom we have this shelving from Ikea which is fantastic, though I do need to get my hands on a few more of the boxes to keep the toys looking tidier. Curly and Little Bean really love books, which is a good thing I know, but a love of books comes hand in hand with a library of books and they both got loads more for Christmas but we just don’t have the space to store them. The problem I’ve found with the shelves they do have is that some of the books are just too tall and so end up in a pile on the floor which doesn’t look good.
We also have a problem with DVD’s as our shelves aren’t the right dimensions, so in order to find one DVD you generally need to take another 20 off the shelf first to see the back row?!?! Note to self: must buy a decent DVD rack!
Then of course, there’s the toys!!! Curly’s room is over-run with toys (he is 9 years old so he’s built up quite a collection). He’s not keen on parting with any of his old toys but I think we are going to have to sit down with him soon and have a good clear out, he still has two or three boxes of toys and board games in the garage which haven’t seen the light of day since we moved house. Little Bean’s toys are now stored on a “rota” system. She has the two pink boxes in the playroom and a further three pink boxes on top of her wardrobe in her bedroom. Every other month I swap the boxes around so that she has a new set of toys to play with. I have also sent bags of older toys to grandparents houses so that the children have different things to entertain them when they are visiting.
Nanny and Grandad bought Beanie Boy this fab “pop-up” toy chest for Christmas (amongst other things) which I love, its big enough to house his toys in his bedroom but light enough to carry around with us. And I love the bright colours, when he’s in crawling mode in a few months time I’m sure he’ll love staring at himself in the detachable mirror on the side.
I still have three large boxes of picture frames with family photos in that I haven’t found a home for, we used to have a very large bay window at our old house but here we are short on space so I think I need to find some sort of shelving for the dining room to display our family pictures.
Every year after Christmas I say that I’m going to find a “better way” of storage for each room of the house, but every year something distracts me and I forget about it, just shoving things anywhere I can find a gap. One of my new year’s resolutions for this year, is to STOP HOARDING!! I need to work my way through each room, sell off the junk I have been carrying around with me for the last 10 years that NEVER gets touched and use the money to buy us some fab new storage solutions.
How do you cope with all yours children’s toys, books, DVD’s and games? Can anyone offer me any wise words on the best storage solutions?
Karin @ Cafe Bebe
January 7 at 3:24 pm
What with the re-do in our kitchen at the moment, I am committed to putting as much as possible IN THE BIN!!! Perhaps a good idea for the kids would be to, when they are sleeping or out, go through the things that they truly never play with any more and put them in a bag for charity (or the Children’s Centre). They won’t miss them with all of the new things they have. And Beanie Boy will be playing along with whatever they have anyway. I can’t wait to start throwing things out! 😉
January 7 at 9:53 pm
Well done you, I just can’t bring myself to “bin” stuff, I shall be sorting our stuff into car boot and ebay piles. I feel a sales drive coming on!
January 11 at 12:54 pm
I had the same problem with Freddies stuff but found a brill storage unit in Argos. It has 2 long bits of canvas at the top folded over to store your books and cos it doesnt have a top it can hold all sizes of books which is perfect as Freddie has tons of them. Under that it has 4 canvas boxes which hold quite alot of toys. All the canvas is brightly coloured in red, blue, green and yellow and they look fab. I actually brought 2 because they were so good. They have lasted 3 years and are still going stong and the are about the size of your average bookcase. I must admit that they are the perfect storage for near enough everything. xxx
January 11 at 3:40 pm
That sounds really good, will definitely look into it – thank you x