The new toy shelf

25 Feb

Hannah’s play room pretty much looked like someone put all of Hannah’s toys in a huge cannon, fired it, and then left the mess.  It’s hard to keep the room clean when all we have to put the toys in is a giant bucket (which Hannah also likes to dump out and then get into herself).  Plus, Hannah has a million toys due to Grandma’s spoiling her through op shopping.  Take the day before yesterday for example:

Grandma: “I got Hannah a little doll.”

Me: “But she already has THIRTEEN dolls!”

Grandma: “But it was only 50 cents.”

Me: “Um…that’s not the point.”

Grandma: “Besides, I got the doll because she fits in the car,” she said as she held up a rather large red doll car.

See why we have so many toys?

Anyway, the new Aldi catalogue came in the mail (I love looking through the ads…), and it contained a rather awesome looking shelf thing with tubs to put all the toys in.

Hannah and I went to Aldi to get to some wipes (they are the only ones I like, due to actually being able to remove poo from Hannah’s behind, rather than just move it around a lot) and decided to pick up the shelves while we were there.

We had nothing to do that morning, so I decided to put the shelves together.  Aaron usually does things like that, but hey, we were bored.  I gave Hannah a wrench (I think that is what it’s called) while I used the screwdriver.  Hannah, of course, wanted to help.  She used her little wrench to pretend tighten the screws.  She handed me all of the rod things when I needed them, and helped me hold them in place as I screwed them.

When I was finished with one side, Hannah decided to play jungle baby amongst the rods.

When I finished putting all the rods on both sides, I turned it right side up.  Hannah thought it was some sort of climbing toy, immediately attempting to scale it.  I turned it back on it’s side so she wouldn’t climb it and end up head first on the floor with a shelf on top of her.

“No, Hannah, we don’t climb on it, it’s a shelf.”

She looked very pleased with this revelation.  She ran to her books and started putting them between the rods.

“You’re so cute Hannah, but  it’s a toy shelf.  We put your toys on it.”

I put it right side up again and put the tubs in it.  Hannah didn’t think they should go there, so she tried to take them all out.  She probably thought that they weren’t toys, so what were they doing on her strange toy shelf?

I told Hannah that we needed to put her toys in the tubs.  With that, she was very excited and eagerly dug through her toy bucket, arranging everything on the new toy shelf.

Hannah loves her new shelves, she can see all of her toys without having to dump them all out of a giant bucket, and, she has a lot more room to play.

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6 Responses to “The new toy shelf”

  1. Fire Crystals February 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    That is a lovely idea. And even better because Hannah loves it 🙂

  2. confusedyuppie February 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Wow! what a great idea. Am pretty impressed with hannah. My kids hate organising- atleast my boy does.

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) February 26, 2011 at 7:34 am #

      Haha, She loves doing anything that remotely resembles work! She loves helping with laundry, cooking, taking out the garbage, etc. If it’s work/chores, she LOVES it! Strange, but hey, I can’t complain!

  3. idiosyncraticeye February 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    The sweet happiness of storage that works! Have fun with your new shelves and long may it last. (BTW, I can’t believe you’ve got Aldi in Oz!) 🙂

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) February 26, 2011 at 7:35 am #

      I LOVE Aldi! Only problem is when I go there, I always spend way too much because they have random things like the shelves that are only there for a week and then are gone again.

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