If you have a child, almost regardless of age, then will know that storage is key and that you can never have enough storage either. With Nico things became a little overwhelming with stuff being all over the place, so when we looked through the weekly flyers, we found a stand with different sized (and coloured) plastic bins and swooped right in. Until we got to the store and found they were completely sold out. So a raincheck we got and called about two weeks later, since nobody had called us, and they said that they had some in stock. Upon arrival at the store, we checked with customer service and they told us that they had none (go figure!), but we went into the aisle anyways and would you look at that – there was one left, so the good samaritans we are, we took it to give it a good new home.
Now I don’t know about your 2 and a half year old, but ours is obsessed with tools and fixing/assembling things (coming to think of it, Nico is obsessed with quite a few things, but I digress), so not only did he want to carry it into the house on his own, the moment it touched the ground he had his plastic toy box cutter and was working hard on opening the box. Since you can barely cut through butter with that thing, we assisted him in his efforts.
After having sorted through all the pieces, the assembly itself did not take very long and Nico wanted to be involved with everything, even though he sometimes wandered off in the middle, his attention being caught by something else.
He held the bars and he wanted to screw every screw himself and when I did it, not only would he yell “tout seul” (French for “all alone”), but also supervise pretty much every move I made. In the end it took us probably a little longer than it would have, if I’d have done it alone or with Valerie, but it was great spending the time with him and seeing him so diligent and interested in constructing his new shelving.