This year we’re running with the mantra One Step at a Time. We’re tackling tons of little tasks and making small changes that will hopefully add up to help us reach our big goals for the year. Taking it one step at a time keeps us from getting overwhelmed, and we’ve been getting a ton done as a result. We’re working on a bunch of steps simultaneously all the time, but we wait until we’re done until we share it with you.
For a while there, our toy situation was crazy. (We know this is a #firstworldproblem, but it’s still a problem for us, so forgive that.) We went from having very few toys for Jonas (just the things we saved from Eliza’s babyhood) to having tons and tons of toys after Christmas and the kids’ birthdays (all of which occur within two weeks of each other).
I should also add that the kids have a ridiculous amount of grandparents. Between Jake’s AND my parents being split, the kids have four grandparent sets. Plus great-grandparents, step-great grandparents—even great-great-grandparents! And as much as we try to tell them we don’t really need toys, they go crazy anyway. Lucky kids, big mess.
We were living with toys constantly strewn about on our first floor, because that’s where everyone spends their time. Probably 1/5 of Jonas’s toys are actually in his room. I felt like I was spending half of my day putting small toys back into the overflowing toy basket (we still haven’t finished the toy box Poppy made us). I decided to dump out all of the toys and organize them into categories.
Everything that had one piece went back into the basket. Everything that had multiple pieces (blocks, legos, stacking rings, Little People Wheelies, etc.) either went into a closet or into the unfinished toy box (which Jonas can’t get into).
Now it’s easy to pick up the strewn about toys, because there aren’t tiny pieces everywhere. And we only get out one multiple pieces toy at a time, which means Jonas is actually playing with the toys instead of just throwing things everywhere like a mad man.
Other toy tips:
- We rotate the toys that are in Jonas’s room and the ones that are downstairs so he doesn’t get bored.
- Board games, puzzles, and messy art supplies are always out of reach; Eliza has to ask to play with them. And all of our games have all of their pieces after years!
- We donate toys to the thrift store frequently, but we always check with Eliza first (my mom once got rid of half of my stuffed animal collection sneakily when I was a kid and it left me traumatized).
Now we need to get to work on Eliza’s stuffed animal situation. We’ve got a cool idea!
See our other One Step posts here.
What would your one step be right now?