The kids toys have slowly been encroaching over the whole house for the last few months. It's one of the tricky parts about living in a smaller apartment (I have to say smaller because my NY and San Diego friends would say our apartment is big while anyone who lives anywhere else in the US would laugh); we don't have a space specifically set aside for kid toys except for their bedroom. And they share a bedroom so there isn't a ton of space in there.
Luckily at church on Sunday someone walked up to me and asked me if I needed a toy organizer.
So yesterday the kids and I organized toys We took toys from all over the house and found space for them in their room. We thought about categories and sorting and I threw away nearly a million small, cheap plastic toys (like the kind that come in gift bags) while they weren't looking.
This is the result.
You're probably thinking, "so let us look at your new living room now that it's cleared of all of the kid stuff"
Like I said, they still have a small room which they share. For honesty sake I should probably mention that there is a toy kitchen against the wall that you can't see and this is what is happening behind the couch. It might be a long long time before this family can actually get rid of toys in the living room.
And this is what happened when their dad got home. Kid Sushi.