A rare and beautiful happening: My children have clean and orderly toy boxes and closets, with even a little space to spare. The "space to spare" was my goal in this endeavor, since Papaw and Mo are arriving from Oklahoma today, bringing with them lots of love in the form of hugs, kisses, and of course tons of Christmas gifts.
So in preparation, I boxed up clothes that don't fit, and bagged up toys the kids no longer play with. (Shhhh...that bag full of toys had to be carried out quietly in the dead of the night.)
Does anyone else get a little neurotic after cleaning and organizing kids' toys?
"Don't put the legos in the megablock container!"...."That piece of train track goes with the green train set, not the Thomas train set!".... "Okay, are you finished playing tea? We need to color code the dishes before putting them away."...."Can you please put the books on the bookshelf facing spine out, according to height?"
I know for some people being this organized is a way of life. I however was not made this way. Usually after about a week of stressing myself out, I decide I should just let them play with the toys however they want to, let them do the best they can at keeping them semi-organized, and then I just dive back into the toy choas about every two months to re-organize it all. We all seem much happier that way.
I feel your "toy pain!" I was enduring the same type of cleaning today. And I've got several large items...leaving the premises! Toys 101 should be a prereq. to becoming a parent!
I'm impressed that you reorganize the toys every two months! It's the legos, knex, and magnetix that make me the craziest. (And I thought nothing was worse than barbie shoes) You can find pieces of the afore mentioned toys in every drawer/container/box/cup in every room of our house. It seems it is to much trouble to put away a single piece so it just goes in the closest out of sight place. Aaaargh.