Good morning friends! Did you have a great weekend? We made it through the first week of school! It was a little rough adjusting to the morning routine of getting James up and out the door on time. And Jordan was not a fan of her big brother going off to school and leaving her behind! We all miss him, but I’m a creature of routine and thrive best on a schedule, so it’s kind of good for me. And now that we’re a week in, I think we’re better.
I wasn’t as organized last week as I wanted to be, but I got my groove mid-week with a major GSD day (Get Stuff Done) and that always feels amazing!
LIVING ROOM TOUR
Today, I’m showing you a small update to our living room decor, along with how I keep it organized- especially all the kid toys. It’s the biggest room in our house and where we spend the most time, so it has to function for both adults and kiddos (we have an 8 and 2-year old). I want it to be pretty and a nice, clean space to relax. My kids want to play with toys. I feel like we have a happy compromise (and a little secret you might not be aware of, but you’ll see below!). I wanted to share how to organize toys in the living room knowing some of you might be running into the same problem!
COFFEE TABLE OTTOMAN
First up, you might notice we got a new ottoman/coffee table. Since having babies, I wanted a soft ottoman as a coffee table to reduce the chance of accidents. Wobbly toddlers tend to fall a lot! We ended up liking this style with a tufted upholstered top (it feels good when you rest your feet or legs on it), so it’s stayed even though our kids are older now.
We had a navy one, but I was excited to trade it out for a lighter shade with wood tones that match our round end table. It also has a gorgeous silver nailhead trim that dresses it up.
I was surprised to find it at The Home Depot because I didn’t realize they carried home decor pieces! We always just go there on the weekends for things like plants, lightbulbs, paint, and hardware.
Now, you can shop online by room, which is how I found our coffee table. It was in the “Natural Classic Living” living room and each room has a clear photo and then links to all the items in the room so you can get the exact look for yourself. Cool, right?
We keep the coffee table decor minimal with a large tray to contain everything, a few decorative coffee table books, candle, and glass cloche. One of my favorite ways to relax in the evening is to dim the lights and light the candle after Jordan (the 2 year-old) has gone to bed.
It feels so good to cozy up with soft pillows and a cozy blanket and just relax after a busy day.
And on Saturday mornings, this spot on the couch is exactly where I like to nestle into and read my favorite magazines.
The cloche is also from The Home Depot and I’ve always admired them, but never had one. They come in lots of different styles and sizes and you can change out the decor inside with the seasons. How pretty would Fall leaves be or a bunch of mini pumpkins?!
Our media cabinet is what really does the heavy lifting when it comes to staying organized. Ours is a built-in unit, but I saw this media center at The Home Depot that looks similar and functions the same.
The bookshelves are decorated with a combination of books, faux plants, decorative objects and special photos.
I’ve gotten lots of questions about our media cabinet over the years, but I’m not sure I ever opened it up and showed you inside! Let’s take a look:
We’re slowly encouraging potty training with Jordan, but she’s not there yet, so we keep diapers and wipes in the top drawer, along with her hairbrush and hair bands.
Next to that is battery and candle storage, with candle holders underneath.
HOW TO ORGANIZE TOYS IN THE LIVING ROOM
Now on to how we organize the kids’ toys throughout the living room!
Jordan has a drawer dedicated to her crayons, coloring books, and play dough in the media cabinet. I have to watch her carefully with the crayons and markers though because she’s already drawn on walls, cabinets, and toys!
Luckily, we were able to clean it off with Magic Eraser! It’s sooo funny because the first time I used a Magic Eraser, I didn’t realize you were supposed to get them wet, but y’all were quick to let me know on Stories! #thankyou
Underneath are two big cabinets with shelves for games and puzzles. It’s perfect that they are easily accessible by the kids, then clean up easily.
Right now, Jordan is obsessed with this little pizza that we’ve had since James was a toddler. I often find it in the microwave!
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I’m happy to report that we have an empty drawer and cabinets. Over the years, I’ve learned to limit what we bring into the house, mainly because I already feel like I spend so much of my time managing our “stuff”. I’m over it to be honest with you, so I shop wisely and purge often.
Where do we keep the rest of the toys? We want Jordan to have easy access to her toys, so we keep them in woven buckets that are pretty to look at, but keep the toys contained. I don’t really worry too much about what toys go in which basket, we just toss them in!
And she has some books in a basket for easy access.
James keeps his books on the console behind the couch. Did you see his book recommendations?
Behind the couch is our little secret- lots of toys- mostly balls and bigger items hide back there. I try to avert my eyes to this area, but I’m glad we have the space to keep these toys (mostly) out of sight.
We have some big containers to try to keep these toys organized, but we snapped this picture as is so you’d see how it looks on a day-to-day basis!
Did you notice Jordan’s artwork?? ;(
STORING KIDS BOOKS
But back to the books, I like that there’s a bottom shelf underneath the ottoman where we can keep more of Jordan’s books on a big rattan tray. It’s easy access to them and also looks good.
As a mom who often feels like she’s losing the electronics battle, I encourage reading as much as possible. Having lots of books around makes it easy to pull one out for a snuggle and story.
We have a two-story home and I swear I’m showing my age because it can be a pain to be running up and down stairs all day. How is there so much stuff that needs to go up and down?!
And, we have a baby gate, so it’s not super convenient to open while you’re holding something, so things tend to accumulate on the stairs until we have time to take them up.
My solution is stair bins. We’ve had these for so many years that they’ve actually started falling apart and I just duck taped them back together! I’ve found some really pretty storage bins at The Home Depot that are similar – maybe these would hold up longer!
Now we have three bins. One for James & Jordan, one for Mom & Dad, and one for laundry. The one for James & Jordan has anything that needs to go into one of their rooms or the playroom. Mom and Dad’s bin contains anything that goes in our room, bathroom, or my office. Of course, laundry goes into the laundry room.
I wish I could say that I’m diligent about emptying these bins, but I’m not. Often things sit in them for a long time before I finally clean them out. The laundry (usually dish towels or socks or clothes the kids take off downstairs) goes up fairly quickly through!
I hope you enjoyed this peek into our living room and that it gave you some ideas on how to organize toys in the living room! Do you keep toys there??
Thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring today’s post!