Keepin' it real - The Toy Closet

Not Just a Housewife is having a link party titled 'Get Real.'  She invites others to link posts that are real life, NOT just perfectly pretty spaces.

Well I've been throwing this post idea around in my head for a while now, and decided NOW is the time to share!

You all have seen my under the stairs toy closet, right?  Way back when I originally posted this closet, I received this comment from a  reader:

"Now let's see the "after-after" picture...once your two-year old has at the space."

It wasn't too many days after receiving this comment, I was working in my Craft Room and I could here at LOT of clanking around in the toy closet.  A couple of seconds later, my two year old walks over to me looking like so:
and to top it off, he even had his 'cutest kid ever' pj's on. Cutest Kid Ever? I think they should say: "Messiest Kid Ever that loves to destroy Everything Ever!" No seriously, it really is CUTE as ever! So of course, I had him pose and he adds his little thumbs up.

I got a really good chuckle out of this one! and I was just imagining WHAT the toy closet looked like now. So of course, I had to check it out and this is what I found:
 and there's more . . .
as soon as I saw this space - I was like, "ok, I WILL be posting this." and to be totally honest - this is what it looks like on a good day!  Most of the time, he has every. single. bin. turned upside down.  But he's "playing" ;) and having so much fun!

That's why, in my original post, I said "I usually reorganize it once or twice a week."  Although, it's not always me that cleans it up, often times it's my husband or the older boys with a teeny tiny help from our 2 year old.

I do Love when it looks like this:
but most often, it doesn't!  and when I really think about it, I actually prefer it to look 'played' in. Because that means I have a healthy, happy little boy who is playing and THAT makes me :)


  1. Very cute... my little guy is the busiest kid I have had so far! He is into everything, so, for the most part my house usually has a big mess somewhere in it! :)

  2. Great post! I have come to love 'real life'... and I realized something over the years that if I start with a pretty space and put a system in place to maintain it, then I embrace 'real life' without stress! Thanks for inspiring me, Danita, to make pretty spaces in my house. I started my first project last week and it feels so good!

  3. I love your room (lived in and clean)!!!!

  4. This is a bit off topic...but I have the EXACT same closet!!! It is driving me mad!!!! I can't make it a toy room as my kids are now 18 and 16....any other ideas? Right now, it just gets junk tossed in that we don't use much. Then once a year I get sick of it, pull everything out, get rid of stuff and then put it back in. I would LOVE ideas!!!!

  5. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one who has to constantly reorganize!

  6. Your toy closet is fantastic! I just love the tree! :)Erin


  7. KaKi,
    Closets are great for so many things! and this type of closet is awesome, because there is so much room. How about turning it into an office or how about a craft room area, a sewing room, a hobby room? A space like this makes for awesome storage too. You could always add shelves and store whatever you wish in containers, etc. This space would make a great gift wrapping station too. Good Luck in deciding what to do with this space. I would love to know what you decide to do with your closet.

  8. I love the toy closet! When mine were little the living room was the toy closet. I was always stepping on legos.....

  9. Oh, that was too cute! Homes are meant to be lived in and are not sterile places. I think we all know what real life can look like (that's why I didn't bother to check out the link, tee hee) but it's always nice to have a pretty space with simple systems that even a two year old can do. Your son is just too cute. It's one of my favorite posts!


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