I have not really made any New Year's resolutions, but I would like to get my house more organised, as soon as Boogie goes back to school and Hubster to work (tomorrow) I'll get started.
I read once that if your children are fighting over a toy, rather than pick a side, you should give the toy a "time out." Toys also get time outs when one child is playing alone and getting on my nerves with offending toy, like all the stupid dart guns that get shot and ricochet of my wine glasses while I'm trying to cook dinner. However, the offending toys do NOT have a special time out spot, as the children do. I just try to put it out of reach, where no little person can reach it.
These spots include, the fireplace mantel, which is also used for toys that should not be used unsupervised, like magnets and books (the books are there to keep them in good condition. It was a problem when both kids were younger, and now I just haven't found another spot for them).
The top of the refrigerator, this is where toys go that disrupt me when I am in the kitchen, usually cooking dinner. This is also where supplies like paint, staplers, scissors and other dangerous and messy stuff goes. Oh, and my knives too, because, well, you can never be too safe. So it looks like this
The top of the entertainment center. This is for toys, games and anything else that gets left in the middle of the living room causing me distress. When no one wants to pick the offender up, it goes here. Puzzles and a couple memory games stay up there because Pudding Pop just likes to throw all the little cards around and it drives me CRAZY!
My first order of business, will be to find a better spot for these toys and get them off my appliances and furniture. But where? I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, do toys in your house get timeouts? Where do they go? I really need to know.