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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.