My girls used to have their own play room, but we decided to turn it into their bedroom about a few months ago. Finaaaally we can have the bed all to ourselves! We had been sleeping like sardines every night for the past 4 years. Can you imagine all four of us on a queen size bed? Ok la, most of the time Ayra slept in the cot but 3 is still sempit.
I remember waking up almost every day to the sight of Raina’s foot right in front of my face. My husband lagi kesian + kelakar. Raina would just flop herself on top of my husband while she was still sleeping, like a neck scarf. Hehe. They’re too big to be sharing bed with us now!
The first thing we did was…. furniture shopping! We bought children’s beds and storage furniture from Ikea – everything is smaller and sooo cute! Setting up the bedroom and decorating it was so much fun. I keep on wanting to add this and that to their bedroom that my husband thinks I’m obsessed. Well, how could I not be obsessed? I had been dreaming of having a girly room for my daughter(s) ever since I was pregnant with my first child (I didn’t know I was having a girl at the time) and this is my chance. And it didn’t help that children’s furniture and accessories are so darn cute (have you seen Pottery Barn Kids? Everything is just ridiculously cute, I want to cry)!
The size of their bedroom is just nice for two, but since it is not a play room anymore, it could only mean one thing: smaller space for their toys. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of keeping their toys in their bedroom because I can imagine that the toys would end up everywhere in the room, just like in their play room previously and it would drive me crazy. But we don’t have a spare room just for their toys so I decided to set up a play corner in their bedroom by the window.
And because of the smaller playing area, we had to give away half of their toys.
We also kept some of their remaining toys in the store room because I remember one of the speakers at a parenting conference I attended some time ago said that children should have no more than 6 sets of toys at one time (for example: Lego set, cooking set, doll set, Play-Doh set, puzzles, musical instruments and nothing more).
My MIL also told me that she used to alternately hide some of my husband’s and his siblings’ toys when they were little, and only took them out after a couple of months. They got excited seeing their “new toys” every few months, and that is what I’m doing with my girls. My girls have 7 dollhouses and castles; I’m hiding 4 of them. We probably need to give away some of their old ones because they keep on getting dollhouses as presents! Hehe.
I also learned a few things about toy organizing at the conference. One of them is that toys should to be kept in shelves or racks rather than one big toy chest because it would be tempting to just dump everything inside, which would only create chaos later on as kids would end up taking out everything from the toy chest just to find the toys they wanted to play with.
But if you already have a big toy chest, you could place boxes, baskets or any small storage in there to separate their toys, which is what I did. I find it very helpful especially when it comes to toy sets like Legos, baby doll accessories, dollhouse furniture, kitchen/cooking sets, My Little Pony set and so on. This way, my girls would only take out the toys from the box that they want to play with and the set won’t go missing or mix with other toy sets. It would be even better if you could label the boxes so your kids would know which toy goes in which box. Maybe I should do that too.
Another thing I learned is to place the shelves and racks within your children’s reach. It is not only easier for them to take their toys, but it’s also easier for them to clean up on their own without adult’s help.
Speaking of cleaning up, Ayra is always the one who would clean up their toys after playing and she doesn’t seem to mind that her little sis doesn’t help her. I guess it’s a “big sister” thing? She even has her own way of organizing her toys especially her kitchen. Kalau ubah cara dia susun alatan memasak dan makanan, mesti dia marah! Guess she got that from me. 😛