before becoming parents, the husband + I exchanged the popular phrase “we won’t ever let our house look like a daycare”. we did so well, until jackson’s first birthday. that’s when things began to get out of hand. the toys became larger + quickly multiplied. he suddenly had EXTRA large building blocks, activity tables, and toys he could push around or ride. we did what we could to keep a few out + hide the rest away. eventually he’d forget about them. and when he did, we’d do a switch. BOOM: brand new stuff!
nearly two years into parenthood, our living room does slightly resemble a daycare center. but instead of taking it as a defeat .. I am claiming that my pre-mom self couldn’t realistically wrap her head around what life would look like once she had a baby. let alone when the baby was a busy toddler. it just makes sense to have his entertainment where we spend most of our time. I can be making dinner in the kitchen and he can be playing with his toys in the living room – fully in my vision. multitasking at it’s finest. for our family, it makes sense to keep his toys where he can play with them + we can keep an eye out while doing other things. so, to my pre-mom self: DUH!
toddler living room takeover
the toy situation escalated quickly. each night, the husband + I would put jackson to bed and spend time picking up 100’s of blocks + plastic food items scattered across our living room. just waiting to do it again the next day. we needed a system for organizing our new chaos, in a somewhat visually appealing manner.
our solution was an open cabinet with woven baskets. they’re filled with mega blocks, countless food items for his culinary pursuits and so many odds + ends toys. he’s very into stuffed animals + books, so we keep a handful on our main floor too. now, each night before heading upstairs to bed, we all help out with clean-up time, because everything has its place!
• little lesson: changes in life are inevitable, this can include living room decor. there are stages where functionality is more important than design, but you don’t have to sacrifice organization + a cozy space.