Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Killing the toy kitchen — yay or nay?
Oh, woe the family who has too many toys. Cry you a river, right?
Well, that’s me. With a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, we have two completely different class of toys for those maturity levels, plus toys our eldest has outgrown that we keep around assuming the youngest will use them in a few years.
Alas, I’m in downsize mode now, trying to simplify and declutter our home.
My dilemma is this Melissa & Doug toy kitchen.
It’s one of our best toys because both kids play with it nearly every day. But, a kitchen has been equipped with dozens of pieces of toy food, utensils, cooking implements, pots, muffin tins and so forth.
The menagerie litters the floor and nearby play table. Half the time, the kitchen stuff is ferried into additional rooms for other pretend play.
Did I mention the kitchen is in our front room? It’s not in my son’s bedroom because when not supervised he’ll climb and jump from it. So, the play kitchen is adjacent to our real kitchen, with the mess in full view of visitors at our doorstep.
Rather than wait for my son to mature and clean up after himself, I’m tempted to replace the kitchen with a compact Alex play stove, or Alex play stove and oven, dramatically paring down the kitchen accessories, and moving everything into my son’s room (placed atop a long, low dresser).
Mostly, I was tempted at seeing the $36 stovetop (at left, above) selling for $10 in a local store.
On one hand, less clutter is good. On the other hand, the Melissa & Doug kitchen is cool. On the third hand, hey, plenty of kids don’t even have toy kitchens. I’m just not quite at the point of total elimination.
So, I guess this is me venting at you. If anyone has downsized much beloved toys, I’d love to hear how that went over.