If you have kids in the house, it’s pretty much a given that you are faced with the chaos of overflowing toys. I have two kids and kids like toys. Toys tend to get scattered everywhere. But don’t get me wrong, I love toys and I don’t ever want the kind of house that isn’t “lived’ in. I want my kids to play and develop their imaginations instead of zoning out on iPads all the time. But what can you do about the Mt Everest of toys in your house that seems to double in size every holiday and birthday? Over the years, I have found a few ideas for how to organize toys and keep your house from looking like the toy aisle at Christmas.
Helpful Ideas for How to Organize Toys
“Keep or Get Rid Of”
One of the most valuable things I do with my kiddos a few times a year is “keep or get rid of”. We’ve been doing this for years – ever since my oldest was about 2.
I don’t know about you, but my kids love having a “job” and feeling like they are making decisions and contributing. I find it’s much easier for them to part with things when they feel like they are in control.
Now, I’ve also gone the route of doing this while they are at school if I know it’s something they haven’t played with in forever and won’t miss. Many, many things have found their way to the donation pile without them even knowing.
But – when they are little, toys multiply like mosquitos in standing water. Kids toys are fun and I’m not saying to deprive them of it all and trash it or donate it if they haven’t touched it in a few days.
However, it gets overwhelming and I personally don’t like to look around and see “stuff” everywhere. Get your kids in on the action.
Start with a small area – maybe books first, then a toy bin, and when they are older, you can get all crazy and have them help you do “keep or get rid of” in the whole playroom or their own room.
I find that one of the best times to do this is before birthdays or Christmas. Even small kids get excited and want to make room for new toys.
And of course, I do understand that there will be things you want to save for later, especially if you have multiple kids. But, you don’t have to keep everything. The smaller ones will get their own piles of toys for birthdays and such.
This is also a great way to make some cash. I let mine choose things sometimes and we either sell it at a yard sale or on online yard sales. They are especially motivated if they know they can add to their piggy banks by getting rid of unused toys!
Life savers in my opinion. Whether it’s a cube storage thing or open bins, it doesn’t matter. Having a designated “home” for things is amazing. For years, we’ve had a storage organizer like this one :
When my son was small and the only child, we used this organizer for all the little things that seem to multiply – train sets, cars, balls, you name it. It’s currently housing Legos. It was much easier for him to find things to play with and then also help clean up.
And that’s an important point – kids can help clean up. Find a fun clean-up song and sing it at night. Mine learned one at preschool – “clean up, clean up, everybody do your part”. Sounds silly, but it helped. And if there’s one less Lego or doll you have to pick up at night, it’s worth it!
These cube organizers can work wonders! Add some colorful bins or keep it neutral if you prefer. These can work as part of your decor if needed – the options are endless.
Bookshelves and Bins
It doesn’t have to be fancy or built in or anything crazy expensive. I found some plain white shelves similar to this one: