We just celebrated a birthday! Our daughter turned two yesterday.
Along with the baking and buying and wrapping I've found another -ing that I do before the influx of gifts: purging. And by purging I mean pulling out all the toys that the children have outgrown, washing them, and stuffing them in bins down in the basement. Because we are a young family and I know someday another child will likely enjoy these toys. I really should give many of our toys away because we have too many, but I'm not sure which ones are keepers (I'm still a rookie at this mommy thing) so I'm just keeping them put away for now until I can make a more seasoned-mommy decision.
A couple years ago I had a nervous breakdown (not really, but you know what I mean) when Christmas ended and we had mounds of toys and nowhere to put them. I ran around to store after store comparing storage options and came home in a flurry and ordered my husband to put things together and in the end we had homes for our things. Only it was a very stressful day with lots of flipping out by me and I'd rather not turn that into an after-Christmas tradition.
So now before we get gifts, I make sure we have a home for them. I'm wondering how this will work out in the years to come as we acquire more things because I feel like we're nearing maximum capacity already with only 3.5 years under our belt. But I guess I'll be even wiser then (imagine!) so I'll come up with something.
This is actually in our dining room. That's why I got a nicer-looking shelf and baskets. I'm just not up for a play-room. I'm cool with people having them. I just don't want one. I guess most people wouldn't be as cool with toys in the dining room.
We are also trying to curb the amount of things coming into our home. But that's a post for another day.
Can you tell the kids don't watch movies?
Anyways, now we're enjoying the birthday toys and I'm sitting on the floor looking around and trying to think of where to house Christmas gifts.
I'll leave you with a picture from that fated flip-out Christmas. My parents got our son this awesome tent and tunnel. It's super fun and super huge. It took up the entire living room. Grandparents.