Posts Tagged ‘toy room’

Invasion of the Toys

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice

6353050_SAnyone who has ever stepped barefoot on a Lego can tell you that toys can be painful. Keeping toys organized and up off the floor is a daily battle between you, the kids, and the toys. Sometimes it seems like the toys are winning. If you feel like your house has been invaded by toys set on taking over, you are not alone.

Kids’ bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, stairs and bathrooms all seem to be prime gathering places for toys and small toy parts.  Somehow if you have hardwood or tile floors, the toys seem to scoot across the floors to be found in the most unlikely places like behind the bookcase or wedge in the far corner underneath the sofa, far from the reach of little arms.

Corralling toys can protect feet and make it safe to walk around your house in socks or bare feet again.  Having strategic storage throughout the house is a good idea. Bins, bags and boxes are great for keeping toys off the floor.  Storage ottomans and benches can double as toy bins and still be nice enough for company.

Now the toys just need to find their way into the storage. It would be nice if they could magically put themselves away at the end of the day, but unfortunately this isn’t going to happen. Giving points for being tidy and picking up after themselves can be a good way to instill neatness and organization. There is also bribery if all else fails.

Creating a Play Zone

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Family

17005847_SCreating a play and creative space for your kids in your home is important for both the kids and you. Having a space to play and be creative helps little minds grow and keeps your kids occupied. If you have a designated playroom, you are ahead of the game. If you have to carve out a play area in the family room or kids’ bedrooms, you face a little more of a challenge.

Having a play and creative zone that is not in the kids’ rooms can contain the clutter and chaos that comes with crafts and toys.  Depending on the size of your family room or living room, you may be able to set aside part of the room as the play zone.  The key to designing and creating a play zone is storage. Storage, storage and more storage will keep the toys and craft supplies from taking over your room.

If you have little crawlers and toddlers, you’ll want to have a soft surface underfoot for falls and tumbles. This can be colorful rubber mats, carpet squares, or even a few layers of area rugs.  Creating a safe place to play is important.  Poufs are great for the play area since they are easily portable and can be used as seating.

For crafting, a floor cover to protect your carpet or hardwood from glue and paint is a must. This can be a simple drop cloth, tarp or plastic sheet.  You’ll want something that is easy to fold up and wash after the crafts are over.