I knew it was inevitable that once we had a baby, the house would slowly be filled with kid stuff. I'm not opposed to toys, but I really want to avoid having our house look like a toy store! Part of it is selfish on my part—I want the house to look nice—but the other part is that I don't think Emerson needs an overabundance of toys. I'm not saying we're going to deprive him of things to play with, but I don't think he needs every toy imaginable.
So far, Adam and I haven't really bought him any toys (with the exception of the activity mat, which was definitely worth it!). I think we'll be able to rely on grandparents to keep his toybox full! And for anything else, we have plenty of friends to borrow things from. At this point, he's still young enough that he doesn't need much, but as he gets bigger, the toys get bigger (and noisier) too!
Most nights after baby boy goes to bed I try to pick up most of the toys. Of course they all come back out every morning, but it's nice reclaim the living room, at least for a few hours each night. For now everything fits in a small basket in the living room or the one in his room. I'm on the hunt for a large storage ottoman for the back room to fill with toys. We just brought an exersaucer up from the basement (picture a large, brightly colored, plastic plaything). I've been keeping it in the back room. Emerson loves to sit in it, and it's great to contain him when I'm running downstairs to change over the laundry or working in the kitchen, but it doesn't exactly go with my decorating scheme!
Look at that cute face! He totally makes all the plastic, primary-colored toys worth it And now that he's learned how to roll over from tummy to back and back to tummy, we're going to have to start childproofing.
Any other moms have tips for managing kids clutter?