We started working on this about 2 month ago....since Christmas was right around the corner and we have 3 kids which = alot of STUFF coming in. So we decided to drastically tone down how many toys we have. We are fortunate to have a room that is specifically designated as the "toy room". But it was still just so overwhelming. And I was witnessing my kids feeling overwhelmed. My 2 year old would go down....dump everything, and then walk away and not play with a thing!
The hardest part of the process was ME letting go of the toys! I guess I feel attached to some of them, and then I feel guilty getting rid of things the kids got as gifts. I know its silly (as hubby told me SEVERAL times) but I had a hard time.
The second part of the process was I had the Hubsters build us some up high, out of reach shelves to store craft suppies, puzzles, games, and anything that I wanted to make sure was supervised. They made a huge difference.
I also felt like the room needed some fun decor to liven it up a bit. But we didn't really have the money to spend on expensive artwork. Then I had light bulb go off....I have my own little artists right here at home that give me their masterpieces for FREE! Perfect. I am sure we could have hung them in a more decorative way...but this works and it was uber cheap!
Now....I still have more plans for this space. I really want to paint that awful wood paneling white, but that is going to be a summer project since I will definitely need ventilation. And I would still like some of those cubby shelves for down there. But for now...it is working out nicely.
I have found that the kids play down there so much more with less stuff. And they are finding it easier to pick up now that different types of toys have their own containers (with awesome labels, of course).