More often than not, our house has toys strewn all over the place. It’s life with kids, wouldn’t you agree?! In the beginning, when it was just True and Brave, I regulated more over what toys came into our house (I gave the grandparents specific wish list). I love handmade toys and supporting independent designers and businesses, and that would be my preference, but let’s face it, the kids all love that Disney and commercial toys and I’ve learned to be cool with it. Most times.
We have bought them most of their My Little Pony toys for either some special occasion or milestone, but all the other ones, especially Disney, are pretty much grandparents. They still have plenty of handmade ones they love too. Also, we regularly go through their toys and move things out if they don’t get played with. The girls know if I have to clean up a mess they choose not to clean, I will throw it in a bag to give away. If they don’t love it enough to take care of it, then it needs to be moved on to where it will get some lovin’. Oh there have been many tears shed when I come in to clean up a room they refuse to clean (after numerous chances), but they need to learn everything has a place, and if they aren’t responsible enough to take care of something, then maybe they shouldn’t have it.
Sometimes when I see their toy messes my inner neat freak freaks out, but when I look closely (and calm myself down), it makes me smile to see their imagination at work. I remember when my parents let me turn the house upside down all for the sake of imagination and play (and I had so much fun doing so), so I try to remember not to quench their imaginative spirits. These messes are what my days are made of, and I’m sure for you mamas out there, it’s what your days are made of too!