June 16, 2010

Toy Photoshoot - Part One

Have you ever stepped on a Transformer toy?  Have you ever bought your kid a toy with a lot of small pieces and later regretted it?  Have you ever looked around the room and thought, let's get rid of all these toys and buy one pack of wooden blocks...isn't that all they had in the olden days?  Well, that's probably not an option, but we're going to make things a little better today.

I've been trying to teach Rex to clean up and to share.  I think every parent is always working with their kids on both of those issues.  Well, yesterday we purged.  Yup.  We went through every little toy in every room.  I explained to Rex that there are children who don't have any toys and that we needed to share.  We took a load to DI and organized everything else.  And?  It felt AWESOME!!!  I was so proud of Rex for being willing to give some toys away, too.

Then we had a little photo shoot.  What? 




Well, since Rex can't read yet I took pictures of all the toys, printed them off on our printer and taped them to various bins.  I used whatever I had....some tupperware containers and some shoe boxes.

Rex thinks it's really cool and he has no questions about where things go.


Now the inside of the ottoman looks like this:


I can handle that.  I didn't take a picture of what it looked like before, but you can imagine.  It wasn't pretty.

One last benefit to this idea.  Now the toys are more mobile.  Rex can bring his legos upstairs and not leave a trail as he does it.  Then they all go back in the box and back into the ottoman.  OR I can rotate them to different places in the house to switch things up for the boys. 

Tomorrow I'll show you one more things you can do with the toy pictures.  That's all for today.  Thank you for reading.  Hope your day is fabulous.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love organization. I hope the bug bites me pretty soon. :-)

    Cute kid, by the way.

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  2. The pictures to help organize is a great idea! I have also found that for the kids I nanny for that we put some toys in a bin that gets stored away for a couple of months - toys that maybe aren't getting much attention right now, but are too dear-n-near to give away. Then we will pull that bin out and its like Christmas! We then replace the "new" toys with some others that have lost some interest and won't see those again for a couple of months. Its a great way to stop buying new toys but still feeling the excitement of having something new!

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  3. oh, P.S. there is a giveaway on my site! http://phoenixpeacock.blogspot.com/2010/06/10-and-give-away.html

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  4. I LOVE this idea! I love organization and have a 7-month old. We're getting into the blocks, which currently don't have an organized way of storing themselves. I love this idea and can't wait to implement it and use throughout all of our toys. Thanks for the great idea (and I love the pictures showing what you're talking about...very helpful). Big fan of your blog!!! :)

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  5. Another great idea-- you never quit do ya? I love it! Especially for us OCD's that need to have things picked up.

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  6. I am an organizational freak - I did this years ago with my lil Mens toys. It looks so beautiful to see a shelf with matching bins lined up with pictures of what goes inside on the front. :) I know I'm a nerd!
    With kids its hard to keep things where they go - or find that one tiny toy they just have to have. This works great.
    I was working at a preschool at the time and told my boss about it - she loved it so much that she had me do the same for all the classrooms!

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  7. I am an organizational freak - I did this years ago with my lil Mens toys. It looks so beautiful to see a shelf with matching bins lined up with pictures of what goes inside on the front. :) I know I'm a nerd!
    With kids its hard to keep things where they go - or find that one tiny toy they just have to have. This works great.
    I was working at a preschool at the time and told my boss about it - she loved it so much that she had me do the same for all the classrooms!

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  8. This is SO clever! My son is almost 17 months, so he loves to put things in baskets and take then out again, but there's no method to the madness. Pictures! Genius!!

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  9. I really need to do this. More for my husband, when he helps the kids clean up, than anything else. I think the kids are figuring out where things go pretty well. But Dad, he just throws everything into a box. He doesn't understand the mess that will ensue when the kids try to find a particular toy and dump out every box trying to find it. :)

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  10. I love this idea. We do something similar with Laundry. We have a basket for socks, shoes, diapers (cloth), burp cloths. My almost 2 year old loves to help me put things away and does a great job. I can't wait for his little brother to be able to help too.

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  11. Love this idea - pure genius! TFS. Visiting from SDC. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~Stephanie Lynn

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  12. I did this last year, for the same reasons, and it worked wonderfully! My big problem now is that my 2-year-old enjoys pulling off the labels. As soon as I get some time, I'm going to do this process all over again, including getting rid of toys they don't use at all and hopefully replacing the labels with more tape or something...

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  13. This project made me heart go pitter pat. Well done.

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  14. what fun ideas, and I can't stand all our crazy tiny little pieces of toys that lay around the house all the time. :)

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  15. So with you on this issue. My 4rs old has legos galore and I just bought some bins to keep them in. Otherwise my 1 yr old would be eating them :)

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  16. This is such a great idea!!! I wish I would have seen it years ago...both of my kiddos can read, but I still may do the pictures with their electonics and other misc. items...might help out the pack rat(s) we have living in this house ;)

    LaKeta

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  17. What a nice idea! I want to go through boys room and reorganize everything! Thank you for sharing!

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  18. We have a 'cubbie' bookshelf that I loaded with baskets & the tags hang from them -- I typed words under the pictures. The only downside is that my OCD is now more apparent (which did give my friends another reason to scold!)...a small price to pay for sanity, I say! ;-) The boys (now 4 & 6) know exactly where to go to find what they want & it makes clean-up easier too.

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