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My Kids' Toys, Free to a Good Home

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I just put my kids down for their naps and this is what my living room floor looks like.

And now, I have some choices for what to do about this mess.

The way I see it, I could do any one of the following things:

1) Pick everything up, accepting the fact that this is exactly what my living room will look like before bedtime tonight.

2) Ask them to clean it all up when they get up, accepting the fact that this is exactly what my living room will look like before bedtime tonight.

3) Throw all of their toys away.

Okay, the third option isn’t really an option, but you can’t blame a girl for dreaming.

And when I stepped on one of those square blue blocks this afternoon, I truly fantasized about grabbing a big bag, loading up all of the toys from the floor, and putting them on the front curb with a sign that reads…

Free to a home where children pick up their toys.

The toughest part is that I really do encourage them to play with all of their toys. I don’t want to stifle their creativity by limiting what they can play with at any given time.

Because, as Katie will tell you, you need the cars AND the blocks AND the train.

Because, well, duh.

I’d love to hear your ideas. How do you keep things tidy with little ones at home? How do you not?

And would they notice if I got rid of about 50% of their toys so we could use that fancy storage system we bought but can’t fit everything into?

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