Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back


Good afternoon! I have been spending my morning attempting to reorganize my living room, as it was being swallowed by toys. Since Simon’s birthday, I have been looking to incorporate the new with the old, and to sift out all of the infant toys that are not played with anymore. Of course, doing this is a three steps forward, two steps back kind of deal, as Simon follows me around, undoing all of my progress.

I think a shopping trip to find a new set of shelves or bins is going to be in order. As well as some items going to Goodwill or to be packed away in storage. I am thankful that others have been so generous to my little guy, but I also believe that having too many toys makes it harder to play and fully tap into the imagination.

So, now it is nap time and I better get back to it before I lose my chance to get some work done without the toddler underfoot. But here are some links for you that relate to what is on my mind: toy organization.

~I would love to score a beautiful vintage piece for storage like Amanda did.
~I really related to Erin’s philosophy on toys and organization, and feel like it is the ideal I wish to strive for. Her post and photos are very inspiring.
~I think I need to re-read The 7-Day Toy Cure over at Apartment Therapy for some inspiration and motivation.
~Finally, I can completely relate to this hilarious post about the futility of cleaning with the child underfoot.

Do you have any good links or ideas about organizing and sorting toys? I would love if you would comment and share. I need all the help I can get!


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

4 thoughts on “Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

  1. We rotate toys and store the ones that he doesn’t seem to enjoy as much or has grown out of. Sometimes he’ll revisit them, and their “newness” makes it seem fun all over again, especially when he can find a new way to play with them. I totally agree that having too many toys hinders play when there’s too many to choose from, so we try to contain as much as possible! Good luck with your cleaning, hope it goes well!

  2. I have one of those plastic storage racks I keep behind the door in the kids room (not the most attractive). I rotate some things out but I also tell myself not to worry too much that the “toy phase” doesn’t last forever, sigh…

    Love all her Waldorf toys!!!

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