Friday, 31 October 2008

Photostory Friday - Toy City!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


I was going to do a PSF on Hallowe'en today and take a 'Food Porn' picture of my pumpkin cake that I made yesterday with orange cream cheese frosting. However a) I've been too busy to do the pictures and b) it didn't last long enough to photograph it.

So instead I'm going to post about daughter's bedroom which is still awaiting the carpet fitter to refit the carpet after the electricians' visit this week:

My favourite room in our house is daughter's bedroom. It was one of the first rooms we did when we moved in (after the condemned bathrooms) two years ago. After the plasterers skimmed the entire room to a lovely smooth base I painted it a beautiful New England blue colour with lovely shaker style white furniture. We decorated with Thomas the Tank Engine accessories and bought shelves for her toys and books. It looked like this:



and this:


and this:



Last weekend we had to clear out daughter's toys and books so that the electricians could get under the floor to do the lounge lights.

I hadn't realised just how much stuff she had accumulated in her little life.

There was this:



and this:



and this:



I am appalled and ashamed at how much she owns. Very little was bought by myself and my husband: the kitchen, the musical instruments and some books. The rest have been presents and hand me downs.

She has been told that she has to get rid of some before Father Christmas will call!!

What a cruel mummy I am!

23 comments:

Killlashandra said...

I've decided kids accumulate stuff and I'm really not sure where some of the stuff my son has come from but whenever we clean his room there seems to be more of it! LOL

She has an adorable room though. Like the decoration. :)

I'm not sure a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting would have lasted long enough to take a picture of in my house either.

gigi said...

Wow, but it happens so quickly. Things just keep coming into the house and nothing ever leaves. Love the color blue you chose.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Maggie May said...

What a lot of toys!
I would much sooner look at daughter's lovely bedroom than be bothered with Halloween.

Nicol said...

I feel the same way with Livy's things right now. Packing everything up I vow she has enough. But then I start to think how much she would love a toy kitchen and it starts all over again.

I'm sure it will be nice once you have the carpet re-installed. I can only imagine the stress it causes. It certainly would cause me stress.

Jacki said...

Oh yes, our little Emma has accumulated much in her four years. It is scary! I'm trying to thin out her toys.

Sarah said...

They accumulate stuff because they change with age. You can probably throw out tons because it's not age-appropriate any more.

Stacie said...

it happens to us all...

Reluctant Housewife said...

Oh yes... It's amazing how much stuff kids can accumulate. We sorted through our boys' toys before we moved and donated a bunch of stuff that they don't play with anymore to their daycare. It was amazing how much they had.

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

funny - and I love this - at least my house is not the only one taken over by toys!!!!!!!!!!

The Dotterel said...

Absolutely right - got to make some room before Santa can call this year! (Btw, what's 'food porn'? Am I very naive?)

The Dotterel said...

Just found out from Cheshire Wife you went to Hull Uni! That's a real mark of distinction. Did Larkin ever shout at you? (He did me!)

Cecily R said...

I don't even want to know how it would look if we had to do the same thing at our house...talk about embarrassing!

I LOVE that you documented her accumulation...someday when she says she never gets anything and it's NOT FAIR! you can show her these pictures!!!

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

I'll bet it feels great to get it cleared out and organized.

Happy Halloween!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

That happened in our house too, our eldest two had an embarrassing accumulation of toys. We have made everyone tone it back, but with 5 kids we still have an insane amount of stuff.

Chris said...

This may not be food porn -- is it clutter porn?
This is the way all the rooms in our house look. All the time.
You're not a cruel mum, by the way.

notSupermum said...

My two daughters both have birthdays in November and then before we know it, it's Christmas. So over the years we have got into a routine of sorting through their unwanted/outgrown toys and things and giving them away to charity shops or local childrens playgroups.

The girls have so much stuff and this helps them to recognise how lucky they are. Don't worry about your little girl - she'll soon have more than enough present to replace whatever you give away!

Working mum said...

Sarah - she plays with absolutely everything! Even the baby toys; she won't part with them! I did manage to secrete some to a charity shop while she was away this week though.

The Dotterel - Food Porn is what Mamageek calls her pictures of food. Don't think Larkin was at Hull when I was, but then again, I don't remember venturing into the library! Books not necessary for my degree, all brain power.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

EEEEK!! I don't think you're mean at all. I would do the same thing. It is amazing how much little ones accumulate.

Hannah Noel said...

WOW. That's every kid's dream right there!!

Polly said...

Well that is just plain scary!

scrappysue said...

SO SO MEAN! even i'm jealous! she has such a bright and colourful room!

Karen said...

Wow - that's impressive. There's always Freecycle.

Glad I popped over from Millennium Housewife. Makes me feel better about my own kids' stuff and that's after giving half of it away to our local nursery. :-D

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

It's certainly time for a Charity Shop visit. I'll send Mr. Picky along to help you! Not. M :-)