The only drawback to our outside time, though, is that I spend more and more time looking at the plastic junkyard our yard has become.
You see, we have three sheds out back (yes, three!). While putting the stuff in there isn't exactly the most convenient place for the driveway, it seems to make more sense than buying yet another shed or trying to rig up some other solution.
So I took some time to brave the shed and clean out all the junk that had compiled in there. A lot of it headed into the trash pile (minus the cozy coupe and bike...that's just there because I hadn't moved it yet!)
And I gave away all of my old teaching stuff to a girl doing her student teaching at my old school which felt really good!
And once it was all nice and empty, I put all the kids stuff in.
Seeing that I needed a way to corral some smaller things like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and some other things, so I wen to Target atnd picked up a shelving unit and some buckets. I don't really know what else we're going to store on there, but I'm sure I will fill them up eventually! We also kept the bigger buckets handy for balls/sporting equipment (which we seem to have a ton of!) and sand toys.
So there we have it. It may not be the perfect solution, but it seems to be working pretty well so far. Plus, it turns out the boys enjoy taking the stuff in and out which has given us a whole new game out there!