Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Hoarding Instinct Gone Awry

Like many parents, I keep a secret stash of toys for emergencies. It's useful to have something to distract Q-ster while we review our loan documents. Provide consolation on a bad day, a bribe to get in the bath quickly - that sort of thing. It's become a habit to toss things in a canvas bag for "later," and mostly forget about them.

I went through the closet today while looking for a gift bag to hold SwingDaddy's Father's Day present, and while I didn't find a bag that wasn't covered with pastel baby icons, I did find the following items hidden away:

One Melissa and Doug floor puzzle
Two matchbox cars
Three plastic toys from fast food meals
Six sticker books
Eight books (mostly from a secondhand store where we have credit from returns, but some are gifts that arrived when Q-ster was too young for them)

I think that perhaps I've gotten a little too obsessed with always being prepared with a toy and actually need to hand them out before he outgrows them!


Damsel said...

Those are also good things to have on hand for gifts, though, too!

Mayberry said...

This is why I've never been good at the "rotating toys" strategy some families favor!

kittenpie said...

I have a gift closet stuffed witht things for pumpkinpie and for those emergency birthdays, as well as gifts I've found for specific people. Because I'm bnot organized enoguh to go out and get soemthing good at the last mintue, but I will grab something perfect if I see it in advance.

Damselfly said...

Hee hee! I always have a couple toys stashed in my purse too.

Kimberly said...

I have had a bag filled with Barbie fashion accessories that I got on sale for 90% off stashed in my closet for 2 years.

I bought them for Easter baskets, but didn't have the room, so figured I'd save them for stocking stuffers. Yep, no room. room in this year's baskets either. I think I'd better just hand them over before The Ladies are totally over Barbie....