Several of you asked for playroom and toy storage ideas, and Amy Volk of Simplified Living has some terrific solutions for you!
First, here’s a happy playroom she designed:
Here are Amy’s tips for “Tackling the Toy Monster”:
- Use the “one-toy-out-at-a-time” rule: If you get another toy out, the current one must be put away.
- Every toy must have a place to live or it won’t get put away. Kids won’t know how to clean up when they don’t have places to put their toys or containers to put them in.
- Use containers like pocket shoe organizers, plastic drawers, collapsible crates, under the bed bins, & fun, bright colored buckets to containerize.
- Containers for toys should be small enough that the littlest hands can pick them up. Look for clear plastic with lids that have handles.
- Label each container. Example would be all Hot Wheels go in one container and is labeled “CARS”.
- When buying new toys have kids decide which two current toys can be donated to someone. This can also apply to birthday and Christmas gifts-give away less used toys to make room for new.
- Don’t over organize! It’s better to have broader categories like “Barbies” rather than separate containers for Barbie clothes, Barbie furniture and Barbie dolls.
- Fewer categories makes it easier to clean up!
- Every few months have your kids do a Purge Party. Put on music, dance while you decide what toys no one is playing with any longer. Put them in a pile to donate, and then celebrate with popcorn and ice cream! Make it fun to give away!
- When using shelves to organize toys, put the most often used toys on the bottom. On the top shelves keep the toys that you want them to ask you for-like puzzles, games, or complicated toys.
Amy, thanks so much for your help!
What are you doing? What works for you?
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