It IS a photo of the floor.
I know, I know... the carpet is not particularly stunning.
It has been hoovered, but could probably be cleaner (hey we have 2 young children, what do you expect!)
So why am I loving it you might ask?
BECAUSE I CAN SEE IT!!!
I got rid of all those annoying toys which are always out, but never played with (you know the ones, surely).
I bought lots of big plastic boxes (not the prettiest, but these are sturdy and that was my number one priority) and I sorted the toys that we kept.
With the help of photoshop, I made labels for the boxes (pictures and writing so that everyone can understand) and I introduced the rule that only toys from one box can be played with at a time.
So far we are successfully keeping up with the clutter. The small amount that is created is easy to handle and its no effort to stop and put it away. I am also finding that because the floor is clear, hoovering is a quicker easier chore, so the place is cleaner. It really is a win win situation for everyone.
I'll be honest, I don't expect it to last forever, but I'm really really enjoying the feeling that people can come and visit and I wouldn't be ashamed to let them in the door without tidying for at least an hour beforehand!
Sorry for being so tragic and becoming so excited about plastic boxes! I am absolutely not a neat freak, but every now and then clutter levels get to a stage that they annoy even me! It feels great to start the new year with a clear out and an uncluttered living space.
How do you organise your childrens' toys? Do you have a system? Does it work? Did you start the year with a clear out too?
I'm joining in with Paisley Jade. Hop over and see what other people are loving today- hey it can ONLY be more exciting than this post ;-)