I’ve talked a few times about how little changes can have a disproportionate impact; relocating our CO detector made play with the kids easier and moving deodorant to a different drawer streamlined my morning routine.
Implementing both of these (tiny, seemingly insignificant) tweaks was also deeply satisfying.
And the other day I realized another common source of satisfaction: identifying the right tool for the job. Or, in this case, the right tote for the toys.
Levi loves action figures. As toys go he has low expectations; some LEGO, some mini-sticks, some IKEA balls, some action figures and he is content.
The action figures are the cream of his toy crop, and he plays with them daily.
(Yes, he “needs” all the ones pictured below and has specific roles for every single character. Regarding all that plastic: two were gifted and the rest – you guessed it – were thrifted. So, eventually, they will return from whence they came.)
For years we stored action figures in an adorable wicker basket we had inherited from dear knows where.
This basket was the worst tool for the job.
It was small. It had very wide weaving, leaving a lot of holes for the hard plastic limbs of action figures to get stuck through in ways that might, perchance, elicit some wash-your-mouth-out-with-soap language (from me – not from Levi, who was quite content to leave said action figures strewn about his room in a festive manner and avoid the pitfalls of said wicker basket).
A few months ago, when a friend asked me to pick up an IKEA TORKIS tote, on a whim I added one to my own cart (without any evaluation – how rebellious).
This tote is $8 of pure genius. It is sturdy, yet flexible. It fits every single action figure easily (so a certain someone has no excuse for not picking up) and it fits neatly under his bedside table (IKEA, $10).
I can’t tell you how often I have walked into his room over the last few months and sighed contentedly to see how easy toy cleanup has become.
Identify the problem – and then get to work identifying the right tool for the job. It might be as simple as an $8 tote.
Your turn. Any satisfying changes lately that have made life easier? Anyone else have experience trying to fit too many toys into a too-small container?
P.S. I mention IKEA numerous times in this post, but this is #NotAnAd. IKEA has no idea who I am…though our house is basically one giant IKEA building project.