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Where do all these toys come from? How do they just keep accumulating? I swear I’m living in a less-fun version of Toy Story half the time, and if you have children too then I know you understand this constant struggle of keeping their toys put away and their rooms uncluttered. It just never seems to stick. Organizing Your Children’s Toys and cleaning up around the house can drive you crazy, but we’ve got some tips for you to get a handle on things.
Organizing Your Children’s Toys
The first thing you need to do – and this might just be the most challenging part of all – is to go through all of those toys. Yes, every single one of them. If your child hasn’t played with a toy in the past six months or so, they most likely aren’t going to again. Purge those toys and get rid of anything that isn’t needed and isn’t played with. Make sure that you are doing this when your child is at school, or with family members, to avoid the constant battle of them saying they need it and you saying they don’t.
Once you’ve gone through all their toys, figure out what your plan of action will be to organize them. There are a few ways to go about this, but setting up a good system is key for keeping the house clean:
- Toy boxes are always an option, but it can be difficult for your child to find a specific toy they want, and nothing really stays organized that way. It is best to do multiple toy box or toy areas. Cube shelving units with cloth bins work great for this! You can separate toys into bins according to what they are and you’ll know where they go when they need to be cleaned up. Eventually your child will start to understand this system and (hopefully) start cleaning up on their own.
- If you have older children, you can set a rule in place for bins of toys. When one bin is taken out to play with, they must put that bin away before taking out another one. This will teach them responsibility as well as how to clean up after themselves, saving you the time and effort cleaning for them and arguing with them about it.
No matter what age your child is, it’s always good to have an organization system in place so that everything can go smoothly when it comes to cleanup time. After all, no one wants to have to face a scenario like the end of Toy Story 3 ever again.