Or we can open our own day care?

We have been blessed with several people–near and far–giving us gently used baby and kid items. I think they understand that ages 0-4 is a large range and hard to shop for.

Croi and I have worked with kids for many years and have our own collection of “stuff.”

Since I can’t put the tiny onesies away in drawers, I had sorted all the clothes by size, and store them in rubberm.aid bins in the basement.

Last night, I went through the books and toys and sorted those and put them on the shelf. Dining Room into Day Care in 2.5 minutes.

It was a bit much. *Insert minor freak out and mutual crabbiness here* We realized part of the problem was having toys appropriate for ages 0-4. Rattles and playdoh, stacking cups and legos.

Our place is small–no playroom or fixed up basement here. We decided to get more rubberma.id totes*–label those by age–and store them in the basement. Hopefully, we cut down on the toys taking over (within reason. Remember I said we HAVE worked with kids. We’re realists here.)

We’re rationalizing that it’s better for the kids not to have so many toys constantly available and a little rotation is good.

A few more closets would be better.

*If I were you–I’d buy stock in Rubbe.rmaid.


About EratMama

30 something midwestern gal, married to another 30 something midwestern gal, conquering depression, rockin' foster parent.
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2 Responses to Or we can open our own day care?

  1. Carrie says:

    I’m excited for you to get a placement. 🙂

    Plastic bins sound like a great solution to your problem – and hey, think of the poor shmucks like us who live in apartments and don’t have basements! Hehe. Once you have the kids are in your home you’ll know which stuff needs to be out, and it will feel more normal to have it taking up your space.

  2. meridith says:

    I’m so excited for you and remember feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff too – and we knew what what was coming. Saying it’ll all be worth it doesn’t make it better, but really, it’s totally worth it.

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