So, as you can see, I'm a basketcase in the best of ways. I hope you agree. Pretty baskets and a semi-organized system will work wonders in maintaining the toy chaos and avoiding the eyesore.
After Avery is down for the night, I franticly toss the toys in our living room into their pretty little sparkly baskets (while fervently humming the tune to "clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere"). They don't have to be perfectly sorted by type and size, but just out of sight. Then, its grown up time. In the grown up living room.
Keep in mind that nothing kills the mood (or your light grey dhurrie) more than when you are making your way to the sofa with a glass of red in hand and you violently stub your toe on your baby's mammoth excersaucer. You were finally en route to cuddle up with your husband and revel in latest episode of Homeland (in which you would both proceed to instantaneously fall asleep while watching despite war zone level explosions and machine gun fire), and now you're left with a throbbing toe, an empty wineglass and a string of curse words muttered at your children's toys. We've all been there! It's okay. Let's face it, some of the bulkier toys that rival a coin-operated kiddie ride outside a suburban supermarket just don't belong in your city apartment. They're much better off at grandma's.
So, as I said, I sort of have it under control. It's not perfect, but it works for now. And as we have learned from being new parents, for now is good enough.
Below are some beautiful toy storage solutions for small spaces followed by some dreamy playroom inspiration. Sigh... maybe one day! Until then, let's all be happy with ourikea hacks and vibrant imaginations in our cozy little apartments until we can play outside again.