One of the most common questions we receive is, "What do you do with the toys?" Well, when we moved from the house to the RV, we got rid of so many toys it wasn't even funny. The kids no longer remember what they used to have but rather what they do have now. Even still, it's tricky. They get new toys and don't want to part with older toys, however, there is only so much room. The toys are growing but the RV is not. Sometimes, I get rid of older toys they no longer play with and other times, I put them in hiding places under the kitchen benches. Out of sight, out of mind.
In the mean time, I am an organizer. I like things to be put away neatly, in it's correct location and always just so. Before we even moved into the RV I told the kids that they HAD to pick up after themselves or else daddy and I would toss their stuff in the trash. Even now when toys are on the floor, I give them 5 seconds to collect what is theirs or else it's GONE!! The space is small and because it's small, it becomes a dump zone super fast!!! Easy to clean, but easy to mess. So this is how it's done.
"Organization is key to survival when living small."
This is what we use as the coffee table for daily use. There always has to be several uses for an item when living so small. During the day, the kids eat off this, play games on it and rest their feet on it. At other times, the lid comes off and it's used as the LEGO station.
I used to use this for precut ribbon strips but was finding that I wasn't using it as much as I wanted. The girls have a collection of loopsies and so it has now become the home to their stash. The pieces are tiny and this collects them in just the right way. When not used, it's held in their closet standing upright.
We have two sections for board games. The bigger games go behind the hanging clothes, while the smaller games go in the bottom drawer below the upper closet. This keeps them hidden and out of the way. We don't have too many games but we have our favorites that we play regularly.
Dolls and Books
We are not a family of readers but rather a family of doers. Outside is in our blood and adventure is in our veins, however, we do read to the kids on occasion and so we have a small collection of books. Most of the books are science or history related and the kids love them. Right infront of the books is where we store the American Girl doll bags. They take up space but the girls are in love with their dolls and they will not be going anywhere anytime soon. :)
Below the section above are 4 drawers. The drawer on the left is Montana's. He is free to put whatever he wants in there and care for it as he pleases. Once in awhile I will go through it to make sure it's not overflowing with just "stuff". :) The drawer on the right is for the girls. As you can see, it's mostly stuffed animals. OH MY GOSH... so many stuffed animals. I always say we will NOT get anymore stuffed animals but they come home with more ALL the time!! I will secretly go through those at a later date and test them. :) Below these two drawers are two more. On the left is more games and on the right is cold weather apparel.
That is the gist of our toys. Up in the front of the RV under the dining bench is where I keep hidden toys. These are toys I'm thinking of getting rid of or toys that just don't fit in the back drawers. The kiddos are not allowed in there and sometimes I will rotate them so that they can play with something new. We live in a tiny home and that means a tiny space. Our kids are outdoor kids for the most part so they really don't need a ton of toys to keep them busy. Most of their time is spent skateboarding, jumproping, playing with chalk, chase, in the water, or riding bikes. It's what we want for them anyway. We want them outside, enjoying the fresh air.