Stars: They’re just like us! Take Kim Kardashian’s playroom, for instance. The toy heaven of North, 6; Saint, 4; Chicago, 2; and Psalm, 9 months looks like a store, is arranged by toy theme and then by color, and everything is meticulously arranged. There are musical instruments for a kid band, costumes galore, a grocery store, miles of toy trucks and a storage closest with bins of craft supplies that would make a preschool jealous.
OK, scratch that -- my playroom has a quarter of the stuff, puzzle pieces are mixed in the same box as Monopoly hotels and action figures and there is no discernible color pattern on the bookshelf. Where it fits, it sits. Which of us can you relate to?
Kim has long been criticized for her very kid-unfriendly all-white minimalist home (as seen here in her 73 Questions interview for Vogue). She posted the video of her playroom to prove there is a space for the kids and color does exist in the Kardashian-West household. With four little ones, we would hope so. The video was taken after Kim’s nightly clean-up, but still, with that much loose stuff, our home would look like a disaster area by the end of the night that no nightly clean-up could touch.
It’s not for lack of trying. Even if you set out to have a bin for every type of item, kids make messes and kind of stink at cleaning them up. Mine will chuck stuff into any random baskets at the end of the day just to be done with the chore.
I sorted earnestly for a few years, but then eventually just gave into the chaos. We can’t seem to purge toys enough (and there’s always a holiday or birthday around the corner to add more). My beautiful LEGO bins, just like Kim’s, are now a half-empty mish-mosh with the rest of the bricks living in heaps on top of the LEGO table. Do you have time to re-sort by color and size? Because I sure don’t.
Thankfully, I’m not alone. Ellen DeGeneres asked her audience to post their playroom pictures on YouTube. There were a few neatniks in the bunch, but most looked more like my house than Kim’s.
This room has all the right bins and intentions, but it goes to show those bins are easily dumpable.
This room has a literal mountain of toys and a poor house cat stranded up high wondering how the hell to get out.
This LEGO-strewn floor is like a firewalk for parents.
This poor kid passed out because, as we know, cleaning a playroom can be overwhelming.
And, honestly, does Kim really do her own nightly clean-up, as she claims in the video? Is she on her hands and knees sorting the LEGO bricks by color? Even if so, it doesn’t make us envy her gorgeous room and lucky kids any less.
If we’ve learned anything, though, it's not decorating tips from Kim and Kanye. It’s that moms with messy playrooms on Facebook are just like us.