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Toys toys everywhere! How do they get so many toys! Are you going crazy with your children’s toys being strewn about all over the house? Let’s fix that! Time to organize! Using just three easy steps and a new clean up method, you can clear your walkways of cluttered toys and take back control of your clean and organized home! Organizing Your Children’s Toys can be easy, but you must have a plan!
Organizing Your Children’s Toys
Make a Plan
There are three simple steps and making a plan is your first one. Where are you going to put these toys? The easiest way to go about this is using medium sized clear plastic bins or the cloth bins that go in cube shelving or on regular shelving. Whichever works better for you and your home organization. Once you have a plan you will want to then go through all of the toys, getting rid of what doesn’t get played with any more, and organize the rest. (It will be best to do this with your child not present, as they will try and come up with a reason to keep every single one of them.)
Get Your Bins
When you know how many toys you need to find places for, you can then gather the necessary bins. As well as any shelving that may be needed. Check out some DIY tutorials on how to create shelving, its surprisingly easy and inexpensive. After you take care of obtaining these items, organize the toys either with a mix in each bin, or by their category. (Ex. Blocks in one, books in another, etc.) I personally love having everything that is the same in one bin. It just makes it easier when finding toys or when cleaning up. If you have a labeler go ahead and label those bins with the toys occupying them. I LOVE my Brother labeler and don’t know what I would do without it! If you have younger kids you can also take a picture of the toys, laminate, and then stick on the bin for a visual label.
Set some rules
This is the fun part. Although it will not work well with younger children, you can use this rule as soon as they start understanding how to put things away. You have everything in bins and it’s now time to sit down with your child and explain how the new toy system will work. When they take one bin out to play with, they are required to clean up that bins contents and put it back before taking out another bin. This is going to help immensely when it comes time to clean up at night or before leaving the house. At any given time there should only be a few toys out at once. For younger children you may have to help them pick up, but they will gradually start to understand, making your cleaning life that much easier each day.
As you can see it really isn’t that hard. Having a plan is definitely the key from letting your children’s toy run your home! Set those rules and you will see your children enjoying their toys more and you will be able to walk freely barefooted without having to worry about stepping on a lego! Yes, I’ve been there!
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