I know how tough it can be to try to co-exist with toys. I've been through those days of the giant play kitchen sitting in my living room. Actually, I bought the kitchen that I thought best complemented my color scheme. Not kidding. Then, we moved on to a casket-sized toy box that the husband built. It was great to hold all the toys, but since it still sat IN the family room, the toys would spill over. And over, and over. The key to co-exist is to create cleverly hidden pockets of storage for all of those must-have-close by toys. Brought to you by BHG here. I would recommend going with storage containers that have a more timeless appeal and will take you past the age of toys. Think baskets or some vintage crates.
Also, fabrics and surfaces that can withstand your Sharpie-yielding Tasmanian devil.
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