The other day, Harry was at his grandparents’ house, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to ransack his room and give away at least half of the items contained therein.
Only, his room had already been ransacked…or at least, it looked like it. Summer has not been good to the place. There were three toys hanging from the ceiling fan, a live lizard in a cup topped with Play-doh, you get the gist. In fact, I really wish I had photographic evidence to present to you how really terribly awful it was. You would be shocked, it would be awesome…but sadly, I do not have proof of damage as I didn’t think to document all of this until way after the fact. But here is photographic evidence of a few of the eight garbage bags full of toys, stuffed animals and outgrown shoes and clothes that we took to the local shelter. For starters.
And after a few childless hours, it was back to normal. Bam.
I give it two days.
But here’s what was interesting. Those four blue bins in the photo above have been sort of the catch-all spots for all things LEGO, car, sports & plastic creature related, respectively. At least that has always been the plan, but that really hasn’t worked all that well. They’re too big for such small categories…and random things get thrown in, piled on with plastic crap, smothered in strange kid stuff, and they’re usually just a mess. So we’re trying a new system. Balls and games and LEGO projects in the works will go in there…but the little pieces of LEGOs, as well as cars and plastic people will go somewhere else.
And I had these big sturdy vases…
They’re tall and durable…although they are glass…they’re thick and not delicate at all. Harry’s almost eight, and we think he can handle sliding the hunks over for play (he does LEGOs on his desk, or on the carpet, so this will be easy). Most importantly, he can see what he has. For a younger child, I’m not sure this Target vase would work (that’s what I used), but you can get acrylic versions of the same thing…in smaller sizes too: Like this Plastic Container with Removable Lid.
So I put his cars in one too.
As well as his random assortment of plastic people and creatures. (I know you’ll ask, so the Paul McCartney print is from/by Mark C Austin Photography.)
He loves the set up. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
It will either be incredibly brilliant or a total disaster. We’ll see.