I don’t know about you, but recently I felt we were totally overrun with toys. There seemed to be so many of them, nowhere really to put them and the children didn’t seem to know what to play with. When we asked them to tidy them up, toys would just end up on top of the storage units higgledy-piggledy. It was really frustrating me and with Christmas round the corner I knew they would get a whole load more! Where would we put them?!

So I took it upon myself to sell some of the lesser played with toys. We had a huge collection of Happyland things plus some other items which took up so much room. I managed to get them shifted by advertising them on local selling pages. It made me feel a bit better but we still seemed to have toys coming out of our ears.

After Christmas I went to Wilkinsons and bought about 15 different sized boxes with lids. I have spent the little time I have without a child attached to me or wanting me organising all of their toys into different boxes and finally we have some real order!

We have almost finished decorating Ezra’s bedroom and I’ve moved some of the toys into his room. He is really enjoying having his bedroom as a play-space. Often when he wakes from his nap, Felix is still asleep so we spend some time together playing with the toys in his room. He likes selecting a box and bringing it over to me and we play so nicely. Then once we are done we quickly scoop it all into the box, pop the lid on and move onto something else. It sounds so simple but just having a bit of order has really helped him see which toys he has and has improved his play no end.

Here’s a little tour of the Kallax (got to love Ikea!) in his room.

^ Paw Patrol! Our house is a little obsessed with these dogs. Violet really loves these too and makes up all sorts of games. Ezra enjoys pressing the buttons and seeing their backpacks pop up. I’m on the hunt for Everest and then we have them all.

^Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly. They also have a little Peppa holiday house which is in the Kallax.

^Noisy toys. These were all Violet’s when she was little. Ezra doesn’t seem as interested in them as she was, but maybe Felix will like them when he is a little older.

^In The Night Garden. This was a Christmas present along with a fold out mat of the garden. Ezra (and Violet) has really liked these and they often get tipped out and played with.

^Mini cars. Ezra absolutely loves these cars. At the moment they just about squeeze into the smallest sized box but I reckon we may aquire a few more over time. These are cute and little enough to take a couple out and about with us to keep Ezra happy.

^Wooden train set. I separated these into 2 boxes so that he can just build a train track if he likes without needing to get out all the wooden trees and animals. He quite likes just getting the little box out and looking through the different pieces without the train track. I hope once Felix is older they will play with this together.

^Vehicles. This is the largest sized box and it’s full of different push along vehicles. Ezra, unsurprisingly, loves this box and we tip it out and play with these a lot.

^Mega Bloks. I don’t think Ezra even knew we had this because it was buried somewhere, so I’m pleased we have this back out again!

^Duplo. We have a nice big box of Duplo which both Violet and Ezra enjoy playing with. I got them some Lego for Christmas but Ezra is definitely still at the Duplo stage.

^Sticklebricks. This is a really nice sized case of Sticklebricks. However we do seem to have a ridiculous number of wheels! Ezra hasn’t quite got the hang of building things with these yet, but I think he will turn to these more soon.

^Then in the final slot in the Kallax we have 2 of Ezra’s big lorries, an ambulance and a puzzle.
So that’s how we have organised the toys in Ezra’s room. So simple but it’s made the world of difference to how the children play and how we keep things tidy!!

I’ve recently discovered the treasure troves that charity shops can be. In truth I hadn’t really rifled through many before moving here.  But the ones in our little high street are stuffed full of gems.

I had been looking for playdoh and cookie cutters for ages. I was a bit blah about the ones online so hadn’t ordered anything. Violet all of a sudden became playdoh crazy over the summer and our pitiful supply of cutters and rollers didn’t keep her amused for long. And then the moment came…I was walking past a charity shop and there in the window was a rucksack crammed full of playdoh paraphernalia! I couldn’t believe my eyes! I bundled Ezra and myself into the shop and nabbed it from the display. When I gave it to Violet the following day I think she gave me maximum mummy points! LOOK!!

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All of that for £4!!!!!

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Rolling rolling rolling

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We made our own playdoh (I’ll save that for another post). Look at all those shapes and worms!!

My second find of the century has to be this:

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Once again I had Ezra with me. Only the day before I was looking at these ride-on cars on ebay. And then it was just THERE in another charity shop.

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There’s a storage space under the seat which Violet has stashed various random stuff in there (you know, conkers, candles….everything a baby shouldn’t have) and it makes sounds. Unfortunately there isn’t an OFF switch so we’ll see how long til the batteries mysteriously disappear.

So. The kids are winning. My purse is winning and I like to think the charities we are supporting are winning. Good feelings all round!