Given my obsession with redoing Rey’s playroom every couple of months, this post shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone! I had always wanted a toy station or corner for Rey’s room from where he could access all his toys and books. I had a few ideas in mind. But didn’t find anything that got me excited. Needless to say, Pinterest only gave me endless photos to bookmark.
With a wedding in the family and hardly any time to step out of the house to explore, I decided to take things into my own hands. Literally.
Hence started a DIY project.
- A discarded cardboard carton
- An old sheet
- Take away boxes
- Formula Cans
- Diwali Hamper tray
- Stuff the carton with old sheets or newspapers. You can even use it as a storage box for things you know you wouldn’t be needing for a few months. The box will not give way under the weight of the toys or collapse even if your over-excited toddler tries to climb on it.
- Wrap a sheet around the box and securely pin it in place from all sides. – tada!! The base is ready.
- Paint the formula can with baby-safe paints and decorate it to your liking. Be sure to line the inner rim with a paper masking tape. You can put stuff like straws, chalk, pipe cleaners, small toys and any other items you feel need a safe place. I have used these cans as planters, pen holders, remote holders, storage cans, to store my hair clips and so on.
- Take away boxes – Once again you can use these to organize assorted toys, puzzle pieces, chalks, crayons, magnetic alphabets, etc.
- Diwali Tray – The diwali season just got over and left us with a heap of trays and baskets. don’t throw them just yet. I used a wooden tray to store his books, blocks and more toys
- I utilized the space by the window – the sill, to stack the books he most often picks up.
As a rule, I do not keep all his out on display, some I store away out of sight. I keep rotating so as to keep his interest alive.
This make-shift arrangement is working well for us. And I have reasons to feel pleased too.
- I don’t have to feel bad about disposing it after just a few months.
- I can change the look of the station by changing the cover sheet.
- Early lessons on simple living and recycling, leading by example.
- The height and reach are perfect for my little one.
- And simply put – BEST OUT OF WASTE.