Monday, June 15, 2009

Toy Storage System

I mentioned last time that I would tell you about our new "Toy Storage System", so here goes...

How anyone could ever assume that my children could be deprived of all the "fun of childhood" because it would "be impossible to buy toys for all those kids" is beyond me. Let me just tell you... in... all... honesty, this past Christmas we had to drive two vehicles to our family Christmas events. One for the kids. One for the toys.

So, our toy situation was getting way out of control. We had been using our bonus room as a play room and school room. We had about 10 or 12 large bins of toys, plus the walls were lined with toys as well. Toys were constantly getting lost and broken within days of receiving them, plus they were littered all throughout the house.

Along with our new learning centers came a declaration...TOYS WERE BEING REMOVED FROM THE BONUS ROOM. Where were they going? TO TOY STORAGE! Toy storage is actually just a room in our basement that is not being used. We haven't had the time to organize it yet, so my husband and the kids have literally just stuffed the toys in there for now.

So what exactly does this mean?

Here are my rules for Toy Storage:

1. Toys that are in Toy Storage can NOT be played with.

2. Once a week, all children will travel to Toy Storage and will be allowed to pick 3 toys to keep upstairs in the bonus room to play with FOR ONE WEEK. (Not including L1 -we keep a small tote of baby toys upstairs at all times for her- that is 5 children picking 3 toys each. 15 toys fit nicely in two large totes and is surely enough to keep the kids occupied for a week.)

3. Once the toys have been picked, there is absolutely no "trading" of toys that are in Toy Storage. The children simply have to wait a week to retrieve a different toy.

4. Toys must be shared with siblings regardless of who picked it.

5. If an argument breaks out over a toy, or if I find it lying on the floor unused (out of place) the toy will get its name written on the board/a check by its name. If the toy gets two checks by its name, it goes back to toy storage for the rest of the week.

6. If a child is "caught being good", there is a possibility that we will allow that child to "rescue" a toy from toy storage, but this will happen no more than one time per week per child.

Believe it or not, there was actually no wailing or gnashing of teeth when we announced these new rules. For over a week now we have been using this system and both kids and mom are very pleased with it! My schoolroom (and the rest of the house) are staying very clean without the toy clutter. Plus, I honestly feel like the kids are taking better care of their toys now that they only have a limited time to play with them. It's success all around!

On another note, I mentioned in the last post that I want to freshen up our school room with paint. Here's the room:

I'd like to use black chalkboard paint for the two long low walls. I plan to paint the tall walls and ceiling with a pale yellow to brighten things up. My husband laughed and said that it would look like the inside of a school bus. What do you think? Should I nix the yellow paint and go with a different color?? Pin It Now!


  1. Great-looking schoolroom and a super idea about the toys! I tend to agree with your hubby though - black & yellow just screams school bus (even though the yellow is bright and cheery). Maybe a bright robin's egg blue would be good. (I really put no thought into that, so it's just off the top of my head.)

  2. I liked the pale yellow in my old school room, but what about white board paint on the bottom? I have never used it but I heard they sell it. I was wondering if the chalk dust would get everywhere. Although there was a time I screamed for help getting dry earser off of things it should not be on. Thankfully I found the magic eraser gets it off most walls and stuff.

  3. Ooo, I would paint it light blue. And skip the whiteboard paint or chalkboard paint. Put up shower tile boards(they come in 4' x 8'). They work for dry erase and only cost about $13.00 a board. You can read my post about ours here:

    Love the toy idea. We pack most toys too(in locked closets) and get out a new set each week. Even fewer toys is appealing....

  4. We have a wall of chalkboard paint in our schoolroom and I love it. It does make a chalky mess but it is not too bad. You might consider only doing one wall in chalkboard paint? I like the pale blue color idea...I think yellow makes kids nervous and hyper too?!?!
    Good luck and be sure to post the new pics!!
    PS Love the toy idea...we have begun locking them all up in the closet downstairs and they have locks on their closet doors for toys in their rooms...sounds crazy ..but very necessary!

  5. I love the toy storage idea.
    My dd just decided to get rid of most of her toys, except for her few stuffed animals. So I was estatic to clean out our basement rec room.

    On the room. I would probably do one wall in chalk paint, or maybe just portion off part of it.

    Personally I like green. They say Green gets things done and is calming, so I might find a fun green and then do yellow above it.
    Or just do a couple different shades of green one bright and one a little less bright at the tops.

    Anyway its your room so you could still do yellow. I am sure it would brighten the space up nicely.

  6. The yellow sounds perfect! Very cheery. Not bright and obnoxious yellow, cheery and serene.



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