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Any mom can tell you just how aggravating it is to look at your otherwise clean home just to see a sea of toys in your living room. This is how I keep the toy clutter to a minimum and how you can organize your kids room.
At some point every parent will walk into their child’s room and walk right back out again to go get the garbage bags. At least that’s what I told myself the day I decided to pull out garbage bags and just start throwing toys away.
Before I get a whole mess of angry comments I didn’t actually throw toys away. I stopped and took a breather and put the toys away. It’s what I did after I put the toys away that made all the difference.
We decluttered, we organized, and we got smart about which toys to purchase.
Got Rid Of Any Toys Not Played With Or Broken
Before we did anything we first decluttered and went through all of L’s toys. Pro-Tip: It’s best to do this part over a weekend and if the child is under 4 I recommend leaving them with a grandparent. Over the age of 4 you might try to turn it into a fun game where they can give away toys.
Of course, I fully support bribery when it comes to getting your kids to do things. Like giving away old toys in exchange for that shiny new toy they’ve had their eye on. Great life lesson? Probably not, but it gets the job done, right?
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I created three piles; keep, donate or sell, and trash. Then I threw away any broken toys that could not be fixed. Finally, boxed up toys that were not broken but L stopped playing with and gave them away.
With the remaining toys I set aside 5-10 toys that L absolutely loves playing with and split up the remaining toys into two or three bins. Some people will color code the toys to the bin. I use a toy rotation list to keep track of what toys belong in what tote.
When it’s time to rotate in the next bin of toys every couple of days grab a toy to rotate in and one to rotate out. Then once all the toys are rotated in and out you can wait a month or two before you start the next rotation cycle.
Doing the toy rotation this way helps your child adjust to the new toys by still having some of the older ones around. It also keeps your kids from feeling the shock of all the toys he played with one day disappearing overnight.
Now it was time to start the actual organization process for all the toys.
Kids Closet Organizer
Once we buy a house I will be installing something like this in my kids closet to help keep him organized.
For now, because we rent, I settled on having these hanging storage organizers for storing extra toys, stuffed animals, and blankets.
With the closet set up for extra storage space the rest of L’s bedroom was pretty easy.
Kids Room Storage
I loved the idea of using the height of the room to store extra toys but my husband raised a good point in the planning process. L is a climber and extremely independent. For his safety we decided to keep all his toys within easy reach so he wouldn’t try to climb something and get stuck or hurt.
Shelves for Kids Rooms
This storage shelf unit is perfect for organizing kids rooms because it’s only 48 inches tall. This means your child can reach the top shelf easily. The deep bottom bins means the piece is also less likely to tip forward onto your child if they do try to climb it. For extra security there are straps so you can tether the unit to the wall.
Kids Storage Bins
I like this inexpensive toy organizer for all those small odds and ends your kids seem to get a lot of. I use one bin for his dinosaurs, one for his toy cars, one for his safari animals, one for his Star Wars medals, and then the rest just kinda have odds and ends that don’t have a full set.
Toy Storage For Living Room
I still had a slight issue with all the toys in our house. No matter how much I organized toys in his bedroom and encouraged L to play in there, his toys ALWAYS ended up in our living room. I knew I needed creative storage for my living room.
What I didn’t want was my living room looking like a child ran our house, even though on some days it seriously feels like he does. So I started looking for grown up furniture that had storage options. I went with a storage ottoman similar to the one below. I added a couple other options that I considered too.
Get a storage ottoman like this one for easy hiding of toys.
A toy bin will have visibility but at least everything is in one spot and looks more organized.
A cube organizer with fabric bins works really well on hiding toys and being able to put favorite books away. I love how this keeps my floor free from clutter, easily hides the toys, but still has a modern look to it.
Finally, you can just get a good looking toy chest to place in your living room. Teach your child to put the toys away in their own toy chest and you will still have a nice looking living room.
Organize Kids Room
While toys still end up all over the place from time to time it doesn’t take as long to get it cleaned up. Luckily for me, L is finally getting into cleaning up as well. I think he likes having spots that he knows are his.
Now that he’s older, he realizes it’s much easier to play in his room because he can just put all the toys away. Now he doesn’t need to move anything back upstairs when he’s done with them.
What are your favorite toy organization tips? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like thisWooden Storage Trunk and pin this to your kids room boards.
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