5 simple steps to organize toys in your home

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Creating an organizational system for your children’s toys helps promote responsibility, encourages independence, reduces clutter, facilitates learning, fosters creativity, and saves time and stress. Toy organizing truly goes beyond maintaining a tidy space – it’s never too early to foster positive habits and create an environment that supports little one’s well-being.

Here are 5 simple steps to create a toy organizational system in your home.


Begin by sorting through the toys. Remove broken or unused items, and consider donating toys that your child has outgrown. This helps declutter the space and makes room for the toys that are actively used and loved.

It is common that during the decluttering process you may come across items that are torn, worn, and broken. Have garbage bags ready to go to allow the process to flow with ease.
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Having boxes ready at hand helps keep the decluttering process organized and encourages you to get donations out the door, rather than piling them up in the home. Place your donations inside immediately after you decide if you are going to keep or donate the toys.



Group similar toys together. Common categories include dolls, action figures, building blocks, art supplies, board games, and soft toys. This makes it easier for both you and your child to locate specific toys.

Colour-code various piles of toys to organize the categories that you will be keeping in your rotation. This can be a helpful and easy system to use for child engagement.
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Use to make clear and legible temporary labels on your sticky notes to categorize themed toys.


Storage Solutions

Explore storage that can grow with your child; consider furniture with built-in storage such as bookshelves, toy chests, or cubbies. Furniture with multiple compartments can help keep different types of toys organized and easily accessible. Consider using wall space to maximize storage – can be great for smaller toys like Lego, art supplies, games, etc.


This easy to reach, kid-friendly shelving unit can store a variety of items such as books, albums, stuffed animals, etc. Can also place baskets in cubbies to micro-contain items.
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Store your toys, take a seat, and keep the playroom neat with this toybox. This wooden toy chest comes with plenty of space for your little one’s toys. Kids can easily lift up the lid at the end of playtime and pop their treasures right inside.


The perfect size to store all of your little one’s blankets, toys and stuffed animals – without sacrificing style. A great basket that can grow with your children for various needs in the future.


This 3-pack acrylic wall shelving keeps items off of the floor and on the wall and allows for convenient storage – helping you save valuable space.
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Artwork can become overabundant in many households. Frame your children’s art and hang on the wall to enjoy, contain, and allow for easy replacement of artworks. There are two black elastic bands inside to keep the artwork in place.
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Rotational system

If your child has a large collection of toys, consider implementing a toy rotation system. Keep some toys stored away, and periodically swap them with the ones currently in use. This keeps the play environment fresh and exciting.


Use these clear bins to store away toys that are out of rotation and not currently actively played with.
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Use these labels to categorize the clear storage bins of toys that are being stored away. When bins are labeled, it will make the rotational system quick and efficient when you know where all items are located.

Include them in the process

As your child grows, involve them in the organization process. Teach them where each type of toy belongs and how to keep their play area tidy. This not only helps with organization but also fosters a sense of responsibility.


Use these magnetic daily chore charts to instill toy tidying and decluttering as part of your children’s routine and responsibilities.
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It can be helpful for children (and even adults) to set a timer when completing an organizational task. This can be a helpful tool for time management or even used as a little game/activity if you have young children.


It is important that toys are thoroughly decluttered and re-organized on a monthly basis. The more often you tend to this area, it becomes less of a chore and more of a habit. Remember – organizing is a lifestyle, not a trend or a fad.

Happy toy organizing!

Megan is a home organization expert and the founder of H:OM ORGANIZING. She regularly appears on Global News Morning Toronto sharing her tips and tricks.

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