Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Spring Cleaning - The Living Room

I finally decided to do some Spring Cleaning in the Living Room. In case you didn't know it before, I do have a toddler so there are lots of toys in these pictures. The living room is her main play area as we spend most of our time on this level of the house. So, here are the before pictures of my living room.

Yeah, there were toys EVERYWHERE! My daughter is 17 months old so we are starting to work with her on putting her toys away, but she still doesn't get it. As a result, mommy and daddy wind up putting away most of the toys (or not).

Here are the after pictures:

Yes, there are still a lot of toys in our living room, but now they are all neatly put away. At least until my daughter wakes up again. Sigh! Sadly, this isn't even a third of her toys. We rotate her toys out so that she has an ever changing assortment. Luckily most of these toys were gifts or hand me downs. It does make for a hard time storing them all though. For now, we keep most of the toys in the toy box with some of the larger toys around the room. I think I have pretty much come to terms with the fact that our living room will be a play room for the next 10 years or so.

Have you done any Spring Cleaning this week? I have to say that I'm very glad that I'm getting things cleaned up around here. Even if they don't seem to stay clean for very long. We have a couple boxes ready to be donated and this week we filled our trash can. Thank goodness yesterday was trash day because I'm sure I will be getting rid of even more stuff as the week goes on.

To see more Spring Cleaning posts, head over to Simple Mom's Spring Cleaning Party Day 3 post.

6 responses:

Tara said...

i'm doing the spring cleaning challenge too...however, i'm a day behind already... looks like it'll be a late night ;o)

thanks for dropping by my WW!

MamaJoss said...

Oh I feel for's like you can hide them, but they ALWAYS come back messier than before! Mine are 21 and 9 months old...they are all too good at this!

Staci said...

The toys take over our living room too! I need to start spring cleaning, I just have no motivation!

Shari@aPsychMommy said...

I NEED to clean, but I don't. I really should since my house hasn't had a deep cleaning since before we had our son--who is now 8 months old. Yikes

MooMama said...

I have 5 little ones and toys can certainly overrun the home! I try to minimize the toys coming into the house by asking family to give only consumable gifts (a movie night or other day out with the gifter, coloring books or crafts, or something homemade). It alleviates a lot of toys they get bored with in a few days.

Your clean-up is looking good! Keep it up!

Rana said...

We have toy issues too. Anytime they bring toys into the living room I try to make sure they take them back to their room or to the basement toy room. It doesn't always work.