So. When Aaron and I talked about kids - one of the topics that came up often was that we didn't want to 'spoil' them. We didn't want to be that family that had a HUGE amount of toys. Of course, then we had kids. And I get it. You've got the gift toys. The toys people hand down to you. The toys that you find for super cheap at a garage sale. And then, the (very few!) toys that you actually buy full price for a birthday or Christmas.
Adding to my chaos is the fact that for a long stretch there, I thought that my kids were going to be staying home with a Nanny, so I collected a bunch of toys so they wouldn't be bored. I've slowly been culling the toys. But also adding more.
I have to say that I have a pretty decent setup. Downstairs, we have a bunch of Billy shelves with doors, and that is where most of the toys are stored. The other location is a train table with storage underneath. Anything that doesn't fit in those two places, I force myself to get rid of something to make it fit (that is thanks to advice from Jen. She was totally right, if there isn't a place for it, it stays out and makes a mess). But still. Loads and loads of toys! it's SO hard to get rid of toys!
And I just came into a mother load of free books and board games from someone who is moving. I couldn't bring myself to turn them down, but now I'm forced to do some re-organizing to make space.
Don't even get me started on outside toys. My kids love love love all ride on toys, so I got a whole bunch - and now no place to store them! Aaron wants a shed just for toys, but of course, we currently don't have the cash to get a shed.
So, I'm in the process of paring down the stuff that we don't use to make space for the new. And find a storage solution for great toys/games that my kids are still to young for. Maybe I'll post pictures when I'm done. What do you guys do for toys? How do you stop the madness?