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Declaring a Room Toy Free

Our new home will have two main living spaces. One is on the first floor and has a fireplace while the other is downstairs in the finished basement. After some consideration about where we want to spend our time and the best spot for the new TV, we decided to make the basement room our all purpose living area and keep the first floor living room sans TV…and TOYS.

That’s right. I am declaring our living room to be TOY FREE.

At first it felt selfish denying my child a toy in every room, but with the added space and his ability to sleep in a real bed, we can have toys downstairs as well as in his room. But don’t worry, I will still have a touch of whimsy in the room. Case in point, my new pillows. We chose the pear because I just love that green!

I have to admit, this whole house thing is coming together and I love the idea of having a bit more division of adult vs. child space. I like to imagine that our evenings will be spent in front of the fire, drinking wine and reflecting on our day, not a Wiggle in sight.

Have you declared a room in your house toy free? How is it working out?



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Sunday 12th of June 2011

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Saturday 30th of October 2010

Very cool, those pillows are awesome!!! We don't really have a toy-free room, at this point. Maybe one day, but I'm guessing by that point, kiddo will have outgrown most toys ;)


Friday 29th of October 2010

Great post Andrea! I declared our entire first floor toy free, with the exception of one storage ottoman that holds toys and one book basket in our living room.

Our house is laid out with the living room, office/dining room,laundry, kitchen, and breakfast room on the first floor and 4 bedrooms upstairs. My girls share a room and all of the girly toys are in there. My boys will share a room once Reid (10 weeks) is sleeping through the night and all of the man-child toys are in there.

Quite often, my 3 older ones (4, 3, 22 months) want to play in the girl's room after naps so the downstairs toys are barely utilized, especially during months where we can be outside playing. It's nice to have the first floor more adult friendly since that's where people hang when they are over. If the kids do play with the toys downstairs, I gate them in the living room so the toys don't migrate to the other rooms, and if people come over, it's super easy to clean everything up :)


Friday 29th of October 2010

We have a living room (separate from the den and no TV), but we never seem to actually sit in there with a glass of wine and enjoy it. Plus, the kids start doing laps through the downstairs and the toys migrate in anyway. But we keep trying -- I think it's a good goal to have!


Friday 29th of October 2010

It was terrible in our old house, but now that we have a bigger house, it's easier. Toys generally stay in their bedrooms. Now if I could just control the laundry....

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