Dollhouse Fung Shui

November 7th, 2012

A few months ago, I started to notice that my kids weren’t really playing with their dollhouse or toy kitchen.  What should have been catalysts for hours of creative play were just sitting there.

Recently, I took a closer look and realized that the house and kitchen had become overrun.  They were stuffed so full of figurines, furniture, and faux bananas that there really wasn’t room to play with them.  They’d become storage containers rather than interactive play platforms.

So I attempted to restore some fung shui to a world gone awry.

I removed 50% of the furniture from the dollhouse and packed it away.  It’ll rotate in after a few months.  I also bought a few clear plastic storage boxes for the toy kitchen so that the food and dinnerware could live under the kitchen instead of in it.

Freed from some of the clutter, I’ve noticed the kids using their toys more.  The play food comes out of its boxes and Miss Mouse will stand at the kitchen, stirring pots on the stove or “washing” dishes in the sink.  Buggie plays with the dollhouse, rearranging furniture and sternly instructing the inhabitants to go to sleep.

Have any of your play spaces become so crowded with accessories that they’re not playable anymore?  Take a quick survey and see if it’s time to declutter!

4 responses to “Dollhouse Fung Shui”

  1. Jen says:

    I wish that you would have taken before and after pictures… you know, to comfort me.

    I think a lot about how their preschool is arranged. There are a lot of toys, materials, etc. but somehow nothing is cluttered, everything has a place, there isn’t too much of any one thing. And my kids thrive there and play independently a whole lot better than they do at home. Hmm… especially with the holiday and birthday season coming up, I need to give this some thought.

  2. Jen says:

    I wish that you would have taken before and after pictures… you know, to comfort me.

    I think a lot about how their preschool is arranged. There are a lot of toys, materials, etc. but somehow nothing is cluttered, everything has a place, there isn’t too much of any one thing. And my kids thrive there and play independently a whole lot better than they do at home. Hmm… especially with the holiday and birthday season coming up, I need to give this some thought.

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