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.