Entering Toydom & Getting Organized
I've been trying my best to follow Marie Kondo's "the life-changing magic of tidying up..." and I've been trying my best for a long time now. Getting organized is a pain in the ass but you don't realize how utterly necessary it is to be in control of your "things" until you have children. Add on the fact I'm a full time working mother/wife so the cleaning typically gets pushed aside and along with it my ability to stay organized in any capacity. I really love the IG hashtag inbeautyandchaos (mainly because it sounds so pretty) but also because it holds true for most of parenthood - a perfect mix of beauty and intense chaos. But I still don't want the mess!
Logan turned one last month and with it brought a whole new phase of his babyhood. He has started to accumulate "stuff"...big stuff and small stuff and stuff that has many little pieces and parts, most of which I find in odd places of the house. During this accumulation, my husband was working on finishing our basement which will end up being our home base for hang outs and playtime. Suffice it to say he finished just in time because the big stuff and small stuff and Logan's need to touch every single thing in his path was becoming an overwhelming mess...a beautiful, chaotic mess of course. I used the New Year as another reason to make my case...to myself. What a perfect time to lighten us up, get rid of the crap we've been holding onto for years and finally get over myself and put away the newborn and very babyish toys. I knew that would be step #1 but it took a minute or two months to accept that my baby was getting older. Basically this is all my fault. Anyway! I also realized I can't live in a home where my wee human's "things" lived in every room, hallway and crevasse of the house. It was making our already cluttered home way more chaotic than beautiful. And I started noticing his disinterest in certain toys. So I decided if said item is not contributing to his overall development or bringing him any happiness, out it goes! And, I put all of the big boy toys he received for his birthday and Christmas away until he's old enough and this really helped de-clutter and make room for the now. Since his personality is so strong and shining through more and more each day, I've purchased a few toys I felt could really let him be creative and playful. Now that the basement is complete, I've been able to create a playroom suited just for him. My boy LOVES to clean and he loves the kitchen and all the pots n' pans. When I vacuum, he holds onto the side to help. When I sweep, he holds the picker upper for me. When I'm in the kitchen, he's trying hard to open and close the oven door. This Dirt Devil vacuum has been the greatest purchase of my life. We literally vacuum together! It's the most precious activity we do AND he's learning early on how to clean and help his mama! It's a win-win!
Next up is this Melissa & Doug Cleaning Supply Set...it's just the best. It comes with a broom, mop, duster, dust pan, and hand brush that hang on a stand for easy storage. And it's made of natural wood for a classic look. Logan sweeps and dusts my whole house.
When he's not cleaning, he's pretend cooking and banging on his pots n' pans. I purchased this Hape tiny oven from HomeGoods. It's cute but not the greatest quality and not big enough for him. But it's more than enough until his Indigo Jamm kitchenette arrived the other day! I'm still putting it together so I'll post a picture of it in his new playroom when it's complete. In the meantime, here he is making me pancakes on a Snow day :)
And we love the Petit Collage Rock n' Roll Alligator pull toy. It comes with 4 chunky shape sorters as well and again, the wood look gives it such a classic feel.
Most of that stuff has found its way to the basement now. Once I was able to clear out my living room, all of the organizing unfolded from there. I was able to focus on closets next, my clothing and so much more. I needed to take it one step at a time and at the end of my organizing frenzy on New Years Day, we had 6 large black bags of garbage to the curb. We all felt so much lighter, mentally and physically. And if I'm being honest, I just wanted Logan to have HIS playroom. A room, beside his nursery that he won't sleep in, created just for him with love and creativity in mind. A place for him to be free and do all the things a toddler should do. It's not 100% but when it is I'll do a post detailing "Logan's Landing"!