How we promote peace, promote sleep and reduce our children’s anxiety, with a small toy toy limit + how we help keep toys organized.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but one day the children’s toys will be out of your house and you will miss it.
Or maybe not. I do not know. I’m not you. But I know I’m going to be a little bit.
I will not miss the clutter or the visual overwhelm of the bright, multi-colored plastic that is thrown over our floors. But I will miss everything it stands for: the age of innocence of our little ones.
Wait a second … Reality recording in the playroom:
Okay, that’s better. 😉
(Prove that these baskets don’t always look perfect. Messes = learn little minds … remember.)
When Olivia was a toddler, we introduced this “toy rule” that helped TON reduce clutter, help her sleep better, and create a space that promotes peace.
And it was completely random.
No toys in the children’s room.
I wouldn’t even call it a “rule”. It’s just a way of life that we’ve stuck to for the past 7 years.
- Since our children have no toys in their rooms, they feel less stimulated and less anxious.
- Since our children don’t have toys in their rooms, this means that this is a place to sleep and rest during bedtime and napping.
- Since our children have no toys in their rooms, they are not tempted to play when what they really need is a short break.
To be fair, our kids have books in their rooms and Olivia has a small suitcase with clothes. We sometimes let them bring toys to their rooms, but the toys don’t “live”, so to speak, and they end up in our toy basket in the living room or in the playroom when they’re done.
I can’t even tell you how much it helps our children to rest, relax and escape the visual “noise”, and for the same reason why eliminating TV in the bedroom promotes better sleep.
It is what works for us and I know that it is not for everyone.
But if your child seems constantly anxious, overwhelmed, or has trouble sleeping, it’s worth trying.
These are pretty much all of the parenting tips you get in this blog as we are far from perfect and stick to DIY / decorating. 😉
Do you do something to make your child’s room a place of rest? Or do you have any tricks to overwhelm the toy?
Here are a few other ideas if it helps:
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