Toy theory

I love to play with “theories” about household organization. I love to think about how many sheets and towels one really needs, which kitchen gadgets, what cleaning supplies, and what wardrobe staples.

Since I started the Baby Sweet Pinterest board yesterday, I’ve stumbled into an interesting question: how do people who live in truly small spaces deal with The Toy Issue?

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Mimi only has one aunt and uncle and two cousins, and her grandparents are all still married to their original spouses, so her close family is small, which I suppose kept her Christmas loot under control. We also don’t have a whole lot of family friends who give her presents. We also live in a 2100 square foot house, and Mimi has a room and a big closet to herself. I keep one bin of toys in the great room and one bin in the media room, and everything else stays in her bedroom. It’s all very nicely under control.

But Baby Sweet, she lives in a tiny Greenwich townhouse. And what about all of the babies who live in tiny New York apartments? Babies like Huck, son of Nat The Fat Rat, who until recently had a closet for a bedroom? Nat posted a picture of Huck’s “room” that is now irretrievable, and Huck’s selection of toys was extremely well culled. Huck has a kajillion aunts and uncles and family friends. How does Nat keep the clutter under control?

I am sure that constant culling and purging has something to do with it, and having a lot of family and friends who also live in tiny spaces probably keeps the incoming stream to a minimum.

And what would you say are the “basic” baby toys? The best toys that they play with the most and truly enjoy? Before Mimi was born, I decided that a good starter list of basic baby toys was:

A rattle
A couple of other “clutching” toys
A couple of stuffed animals
A set of stacking rings
A set of nesting cups
A set of blocks
A shape sorter
A pounding bench

The reality about what toys she plays with the most, though, has been:

A crinkly fabric book
A set of plastic rings (counts as a clutching toy)
A shape sorter
A topsy-turvey beanie guy funhouse
An electronic toy that makes noise when she pushes buttons etc
A Leapfrog electronic book with plastic pages that reads to her
Any and every board book she can get her hands on
Any and every kitchen utensil I’ll give to her
Old laser discs

What are your thoughts about all this?

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One thought on “Toy theory

  1. We don’t have children, so we don’t have toys to store, but when it comes to general storage, there is a lot that will fit in boxes under the bed(s) and on top of cupboards. Plus installing shelves along the walls helps too.

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