A New Kitchen and a Playroom Revamp

So, Cami’s new kitchen came in! Hooray! She absolutely loves it to pieces. It is a wonderful kitchen and was made with such fine craftsmanship. It has also made our house smell wonderful. My hope is that Cami’s grandchildren will admire it someday too. Here is Cami admiring her new kitchen first thing in the morning (we took it out while she was sleeping).

On another note, our garage sale was a great success. It was so successful that I didn’t really have a chance to get a picture of our setup so that I could post it on the blog. The garage salers came in swarms and it was a pretty crazy first day. Here are some pictures of our playroom now. My husbands comment when he came home: “we look poor”. Sigh. He just doesn’t get it. I told him it looks like Toys R Us didn’t throw up in our house anymore. The room is still in progress. We will be purchasing a wooden children’s table from Ikea soon and I’d like to get some frames for some of her artwork and get some maps up on the walls. We’ll also be ditching the Melissa & Doug toys eventually. Someday it’d be nice to have something less Elmoish for her to sit on, LOL. But for now, this is our post China Recall playroom. Mostly everything is wooden.

LOL. I never took any “before” pictures but if you scroll down and look past the cute kiddo’s you can sort of tell how overboard it was. To give you an idea I made over $700 selling off our toys. Yikes. Good thing we never spent that much on them (we are garage sales fanatics). Amazingly enough, we made a profit by selling our toys. The pictures below are mostly from one angle it seems but I found some old photos of different room arrangements that we had and also a shot from one of our old houses that does a good job showing just how many toys we had. It was bad. It makes me feel a little better to mention I used to do childcare, but even so we still had way too many toys. Not only was the playroom always full of toys but we had about 10 rubbermaid tubs filled with toys in the garage. I am now proud to say that the toys you see in the pictures of the playroom (above) are all that we have now (except 2 tubs of barbies I couldn’t bare to part with which are in storage). Below is what we used to have:

Whew, ok. So finding and posting those pictures was quite the experience. It was very humbling and embarrassing at the same time. I think it really opened my eyes to how embedded we had become in the American tendency to consume, consume, consume. You might as well title the series of pictures as “American Greed” because really that is what we are instilling in our children when they have so many toys they couldn’t even begin to tell you what they have. I don’t pretend to have all the answers and I don’t pretend we are at an ideal place right now but I am very happy that we are no longer where we were before. I’ll write more on this later as I have time to digest it but for now I’m glad it’s done.

P.S. There were even more pics but they just got worse…LOL. I think these are enough to give you the general idea.


  1. Michelle Wong · February 20, 2008

    Thanks for the great information. Just recently i found a 35 year old maple table at a yard sale for only $11! What a steal huh?Here is a great website i found on redoing cabinets

  2. Chris Main · November 20, 2007

    Your sister gave me your blog for information on toy recalls for Christmas presents.

    First my deepest sympathy on your loss. I have been there seven times myself and I realize anything I say will not help. I have been blessed afterwards with 6 children and now also have 5 grandkids. PS They are wonderful.

    After reading your blog in regards to the over abundance I realize that you are very right and quite frankly the toys were usually buried under others that some never had any attention after the first day.

    Thank you for the information that you collected.


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  4. Kristin · October 4, 2007

    Here’s a post from a fellow Waldorf Homeschooler I thought you would appreciate!


  5. Amy Caroline · September 26, 2007

    Ah sigh, I envy you your fortitude! I have been trying. It is guilt, really, that makes it so hard to get rid of toys. I think of all the things that grandparents have bought and so on. Or how attached the older ones were once to their Barbies of My Little Ponies. But I think you are right. We are having a garage sale this weekend and maybe the time has come.

  6. Mary · September 19, 2007

    Looks Great!

    I LOVE the wood kitchen!!!

    What a wonderful thing you are doing for your children!

  7. Laini · September 18, 2007

    Looks great!

  8. amommystory · September 17, 2007

    I just did the same thing! We are down to 5 toys: Trains, Lincoln Logs, a bucket of cars, a bucket of blocks, and a tractor farm. (I have boys!) I was surprised to find that not only do my boys not miss the bags and bags of toys I got rid of, they fight less, they have more fun playing, and they take better care of their things. Our Great Clean Out was a great success. Bravo!

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