Sure, you try to relegate your brood’s toy collection to their bedrooms or a designated play space. But still, those Legos and Polly Pockets end up everywhere. And after all, it’s nice to have the kiddies playing nearby while you sort through the mail or catch up on phone calls.
So I suggest the following system for toys in the living room. It’s quite simple, all you need are two great-looking baskets that go with your decor. In one, store a select sampling of smaller self-contained toys that are easy to pull out, play with, and put away. The other is essentially a dumping ground. A halfway house for wayward toys. When the entire population of your Playmobile city is left on the floor, just scoop it all into basket number two for clean-up at a later date (by them, not you). Every few days have the troops empty the basket and return those tiny people to their rightful homes.
Your room will look great, your sanity will improve, and you’ll spend more time together as a family. (Or if not, at least you’ll be able to see the carpet.) These new soft woven jute baskets from West Elm are a totally chic option, and starting at $40, the price is right.