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8 Clever Ways to Keep Your Kids' Toys From Taking Over Your House (PHOTOS)

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So, you want to be a parent. And you want your home to look reasonably civilized. Are you nucking futz?!? I'm joking. Of course you can do both -- sort of. But you're going to have to corral what I call Toy Creep. That's when you start out saying the toys belong in your kids' rooms and/or playroom, period. But since you all spend time together in shared spaces like the family room, little by little, those toys find their way out. And they collect. Next thing you know, you're on a deep sea search through the blocks trying to find your TV remote.

toy chaosSo let's talk about how you're going to give up and accept the fact that toys happen in the den -- and how you're going to corral those toys so you don't feel like the toys are totally taking over your life. Which they are. But your home doesn't have to look like it. 

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the4m... the4mutts

I use ideas like these in my kids' room. 10yrs of parenthood, and my living room is still toy free!

Though we recently started home school, so we got a nifty book shelving unit, with 12 divided nooks, for our living room for the 100 or so books the program sent us. But that's the only thing belonging to kids, that is in a shared space.

arlis... arliss123

I keep a large basket in a corner of my living room; any toys in that room or the kitchen get tossed into the basket when we're tidying. Every once in a while, when it starts to overflow, I go through it and send the toys back to their permanent homes. My two oldest are four and two now, so more and more toys are making it back to where they actually belong, rather than that basket.

Dolce... Dolcepsle

These are clever?????

Either the author has no imagination whatsoever or yeah that's the only possible excuse.

Blues... Blueshark77

We have a large canvas tote with three compartments for the family room, and two low storage units with cubbies in her room. She can reach easily for toys with any of them. 

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