It’s summer time which means school is out and the kids are home…all…the…time. When children spend more time around the house the toys can get a bit out of control. Here are our favorite ways to organize toy clutter.
Organize Toy Clutter
Accept What Is
The reality is, if you have young children there will be toys. While there are tips to help deal with the clutter, Organizing Moms remind us that it is ok to stop worrying about it!
Accept that there will be neat days and there will be messy days. The pictures on Pinterest are not reality. The pictures of your kids happily playing trump the images of perfectly organized playrooms.
These days will be over before you know it, so on occasion, go ahead and embrace the mess…and the JOY!
Clear the Clutter
The more toys there are the more likely there will be a mess. So take some time now and then to clear the clutter. Here are a few steps to get you started.
- Get rid of the plastic junk. You know, all those little toys that come in kids meals. It’s time to let those things go.
- Anything that is broken can go as well. That’s what we call the easy good-bye.
- Pull out the toys that are no longer age appropriate. Either store for another child, or donate them.
- Involve your children in the purge. Talk to them about donating toys to those in need and let them help you decide what can go.
Little House Lovely Home has these tips for involving your children in donating toys.
Giving or donating to other kids in need is a great way to clear toy clutter. BUT, how you approach this strategy with your kids depends on their age. 5 year olds are starting to understand how privileged they are, and begin showing a genuine interest in helping others. Younger children won’t even pass a toy to baby brother without a tantrum. If your kids are older, talk to them about passing on the toys they don’t use to other children.
A Place for Everything
If you have a designated place for everything your children will be much more likely to put things away. Apartment Therapy has these suggestions:
Have one designated area for toys and decide that all toys that stay in the house need to fit in that place. It could be a basket, or a toy chest, or a bookshelf with several bins. Decide what goes where, and let this be a measure of whether you are accumulating too many toys. I have a large toy basket to hold the majority of my daughter’s toys (which doesn’t include stuffed animals and books), and I know its time to get rid of some things when that basket can’t hold all her toys.
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