As we all know, kids absolutely love their toys. From small and large stuffed animals to puzzles and other strategy games, toys can keep kids entertained for hours. A problem that inevitably arises as toys pile up, though, is the question of how to keep them organized and fit them all neatly in the playroom. For this reason, let’s take a look at how to organize toys in your home.
Group Similar Items Together
While this step is useful for the organization of most things in your home, grouping similar items together can both save you space and the hassle of having to look for a specific toy every single time. Stash the blocks together in a container, the stuffed animals together in a bin, and the books and puzzles on a shelf. It can be tempting and much easier to throw everything in one bin and call it a day, but this limits the amount of space you have.
Keep in mind that even if you group similar items well, you’ll still also need to limit the number of toys in each one. Kids love to empty toy bins all over the floor to find the one they want, so making sure the mess is left to a minimum can also help you keep your home more organized.
Use Proper Storage Methods
You’ll want to utilize storage bins and shelves that allow you and your kids to see exactly what is in each when looking for something specific. Sifting through multiple containers can create more of a mess, so if you utilize see-through bins, wire baskets, or clear drawers, it can save you time when looking for a certain toy and can prevent your playroom from looking like a tornado.
Many parents opt to make a so-called toy wall for toys and games because each item will be neatly against the wall and not in a random bin somewhere in the room. This can be built short enough to where kids can reach the toys as well as use the shelf as a seat if they want to. Of course, these can also be built tall like a bookcase where you can pick and choose which toys your kids can play with on any given day.
Teach Kids How to Store Toys Themselves
Every parent knows what it’s like to rush around a room and pick up the toys scattered around, especially if company is coming over. To avoid the panic, teaching kids how to store their toys themselves can eliminate this step and save time. Shelves are especially useful for this, as you can teach them to put their toys on them at eye-level so it is easy for them to get toys out and put them back when they need to. Teaching kids how to organize their toys may also lead to more organization skills in the future.
Limit the Number of Toys
Let’s be honest – kids seem to pick “favorites” and lose interest in other toys over time. If your child has decided his or her love for a certain toy is completely gone, it might be better to discard it or donate it if it is in good condition. Children normally get toys from other people for birthdays, holidays, and just random days, so it may be worth considering minimizing the number of toys you buy yourself. Purging and donating can help you feel less overwhelmed and more in charge of your kids’ playtime.
You can also limit how many toys of the same kind your children have. For example, having 10 puzzles or stuffed animals around might overwhelm them and they will be more inclined to get bored with one quickly and throw it to the side, therefore creating a mess. Donate or discard some items if you think you may have too many of the same kind.
Some parents also limit the number of toys that their kids have access to at any point in time. Many refer to this as “toy rotating” and switch out toys every few days or weeks. The toys in use can be stored out of the way after a period of time and other ones can be put out.
Throw Out the Boxes
Finally, it makes sense for adults to store things in their proper boxes, but kids are very imaginative and mix and match their toys. Therefore, there may not be a need for the large cardboard boxes toys and games come in. For starters, building blocks and stuffed animals can be removed from their packaging and put together in one of your nifty storage bins, and puzzles can be put in plastic bags with cut-out pictures of the puzzles as a reference for how they are supposed to look. Have fun!