My husband says my son has too much stuff. But I think the problem, per se, isn’t the quantity, it’s the under-footedness of it all.
Luckily, the toys we have today don’t bleep and bloop and sing those inane alphabet songs anymore. But they’re misshapen, sticky-outy, big, and kind of all over the place.
The little things (vending machine toys, matchbox cars, balloon animal balloons) have bins, sort of like the one above, except with clear boxes and lids. It’s not horrendous-looking, and great for the inevitable 7AM whine, “mom, where’s my blinky stretchy ring that we got at the street fair?”
The medium-sized things (paints and paintbrushes, marble maze kits, plastic food, toy cameras, etc) get stuffed in the fridge, oven, and cabinet space of Fionn’s 2011 Christmas present. Like the proverbial hall closet, things tend to fall out on unsuspecting playdate guests, but such is the price of a clean front room (where this lives).
But then, this. These are the toys that trigger my OCD-panic and challenge my organizational desires. When we changed the room over, we got rid of those cute, but somewhat useless, book display ledges we so proudly drilled into bricks to install.
So I went trawling the internet to find some potential new solves (that might also prevent a spackle-and-repaint for those awesome wall holes). And it’s not about the bins, bags, or boxes – the goal is to get this stuff off the ground.
This is quite inspiring – wall-mounted curtain rods and hooks, everything hanging off the wall. One of those “you don’t need to spend money, all you need is a spice rack and a glue gun” solutions, but this one seems to be simple enough to be cool (see link to b-inspiredmama.com) It could work on the figurines and soft stuff, but then there’s still the board games and cash register to figure out.
So, like everyone else on a desperate Saturday afternoon of non-finds, I end up at Ikea. But this could be really nice. It sort of reminds me of the Elfa systems at the Container Store. And if it were to work, it doesn’t look like it’d occupy too much space or feel too bulky. Go Ekby Jarpen and Ekby Gallo. For $75 I might even do it then change my mind shortly afterwards.
Any advice is very welcome while the drill is charging and the Zipcar is being reserved.