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September 2003 | Vol. II - No. 9

September 2003 | Vol. II - No. 9 TDmonthly SEARCH

Mom's Perspective

A Family That Collects Together

Plastic Storage Boxes
It must be genetic.

When I married my husband, he came complete with a lifetime’s collection of Hess trucks (ToyDirectory), which found a home on the shelves that topped the kitchen cabinets. And I brought enough books to open my own library. So I wasn’t surprised when my children showed a tendency to collect things. One of anything seemed incomplete to my daughters. “One would be lonely,” they would explain sadly. “He needs a family.” So we assembled dinosaur families, horse families and whale families.

In the beginning we had two boxes: one for things small enough to be eaten by the vacuum and one for everything else. After constantly discovering hundreds of tiny items dumped on the living room floor during the search for one toy, I realized every collection needed its own space. Plastic boxes seemed to be the ideal solution. They come in every size, are stackable and have lids that make the perfect playing space.

Unfortunately, not every collection can be relegated to its own box in the playroom. Some, like the ceramic angels, demanded to be displayed. So my husband was enlisted to create out-of-reach shelves.

Our life was further complicated when our daughters wanted to both display and play with certain collections. There was no universal answer. Each collection needed a unique storage/display solution. The Groovy Girls (ToyShow) lounge on a large doll bed while the Beanie Babies (ToyShow) are suspended from the ceiling in three plastic baskets intended to hold fruit in the kitchen.

As my children get older, new collections cause new headaches. The current favorite is “squooshed” pennies bearing imprints of tourist attractions and vacation spots we visit. At 51 cents each, the pennies are an economically sound souvenir choice but display-wise, they are a nightmare. Eventually, I found plastic sleeves designed to hold photographic slides. Each tiny compartment is perfect for displaying the squooshed pennies.

For now, the collections are under control, but I’m still on the lookout for the next box, bag or container. Who knows what they’ll decide to collect next? Now if I could only convince them to keep the collections in their boxes…but that’s another story.



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