8.19.2011

the toy shelf

I declutter A LOT.  The five of us live in a 1,600 square foot home with three bedrooms and one and a half baths.  We love our home, it is cozy and ours and nothing about it bothers me much at all. There just isn't room for tons of stuff.  With Alice's birthday coming up on Satuday, I've been sneaking little (and big) things out of her room for the past few weeks.  Bags and bags of donations.  But these things?  These things stay. 

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After posting my quick foggy-brained messed-up-white-balance photos of the toy shelf the other day, I just had to post a redo.  Just for myself.  Just because my camera and I haven't had enough time together this year and throwing up images (or words or whatever) that aren't quite right has never been my style and makes me feel all cringey inside.

I'm more emotional watching Hal turn one than I was with Clark or Alice.  He is likely the last baby.  This is likely the end of babyland in this house.  Even as I have to fight to loosen my grip on it, part of me is ready to use both hands again.  It's been a long hard year and I was exhausted but awake for almost all of it.  What on Earth will I do with a full night of sleep and two hands?  Lots, I guess. For one, I will take more pictures. 

14 comments:

  1. is that a mary poppins doll? i LOVE her little shelf.

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  2. yes, i have had her since i was little! given to me by my grandma's sister vivian. (and where alice gets her middle name-- she is alice vivian.) we love mary poppins.

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  3. she has so many beautiful things!! i need to de-clutter in a bad way but emma is always under my feet. i need to do it while she's asleep, i guess. ;)

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  4. oh, what darling little shelves. That little suitcase? my sisters and I each had one. and when we left for college my mother TOSSED them. :( Seriously sad.

    I know how you feel about the baby turning one. I really, really do.

    Here's to a year of better sleep and beautiful pictures. xoxo

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  5. Can I live on those shelves?
    Oh, please?

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  6. Beautiful mix of old and new. I love your sense of style - even for a toy shelf! Lordy! Come style me, my house and child please?

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  7. i might be having just a bit of monchichi envy. and maybe a little paddington envy, too.

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  8. Love it! We declutter before Christmas and birthday's every year. Now that the kids are getting older, they are involved in helping. The almost 3 year old doesn't like helping because everything is "too 'pecial Mama" to give away. But the 5 and 7 year old are starting to get it.

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  9. I love your beautiful shelves and perhaps need some lessons in decluttering, but there may be some fundamental organization lessons to come before the decluttering one. Alas.

    Babyland is special, and so intense. I hope this next phase is a nice opening up, a freeing of hands and mental space.

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  10. I feel the same as my baby reaches 6 months. It is so bittersweet to think that you are starting a new chapter of your lives but wont hold your own baby again! xx

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  11. This all makes me want to squeal!

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  12. I think I've seen that toy shelf in my little girl dreams. Amazing. :)

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  13. Wow...such delicious goodies!!!
    A Mary Poppins Doll? Fabulosa!

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