If you have you have a child, it is very likely that you have stepped on a block or have seen one your kid’s toys in a place where it’s not supposed to be. This is kind of expected when you have a toddler because this stage is where they play and explore a lot. We also know that toys are going to be a part of your life for years and it’s extremely easy for those to take over your home.
For these reasons, it is important to learn how to organize toddler toys to keep your home or their playroom free from clutter. For most people, organizing can be a pain especially when you don’t know how to do it. Below, we’ve compiled a list of beneficial tips to help you get started.
How to Organize Toddler Toys: The Steps You Need to Take
Keep the toys inside the playroom.
If you don’t have a playroom, designate a room or space in your house where your children can play, that way they won’t bring their toys to whichever part of your house they are playing in. This also trains them not to play wherever they want to, and this also makes organizing easier because their toys will just be in one location.
Let your friends and family know about your values.
Most often than not, your kids will receive toys as gifts for their birthday or Christmas. To prevent this from happening, let your friends and family know that you are trying to manage the number of toys they have.
You may keep those toys organized in a bin, but if they already have too many, you’ll need more bins where you can put them. This is really not ideal especially when you have very limited space. So, instead of toys, asked them to gift your children books or anything else that could be useful to them.
Purge every now and then.
As your kids grow, there will be toys that they will not be playing with anymore. That being said, check your kids’ collection for toys they have outgrown and donate them or give them away to friends who might want them.
If you can’t find a place where you can donate the toys, selling them through a garage sale is a great idea because you are keeping the clutter in control and, at the same time, you are earning some money to buy other things that your kids might need.
Also, don’t get sentimental about your kids’ toys and hold on to a toy that even your little ones won’t even play with anymore. Set an example for your children and show them that it’s okay to let go of stuff you don’t need.
Categorize your kids’ toys.
Keep the same type of toy in one bin and label them rather than putting all toys in just one container. For example, put all the toy cars in one container and the dolls in another one. Do the same thing for all the other toys your children have. This process keeps the clutter at bay, and it makes it easier for your children to find what they want to play with.
Teach your kids to clean after themselves.
Putting toys away is one of the most dreaded tasks for any parent after the kids are done playing, particularly when they are all over the room.
To check one task off your list, teach your children to put the toys back where they got them when they are done playing and if they fail to clean after themselves, let them know that there will be consequences. This also teaches children, even if they are just toddlers, the concept of responsibility which will be helpful as they grow up.
Not because your kids like that huge playhouse or tent, it doesn’t mean you will be buying those for them. Storing large toys can be extremely difficult especially when you don’t have the space for that. So, if you will be buying toys of such kind, make sure they can be disassembled for easier storage.
Think outside of the box.
Toy storage does not always have to be bins or plastic containers. There are other storage solutions that are meant for something else but can be used as organizers for your children’s toys. A very good example are wooden crates which you can paint or decorate to suit the design of your space. This one could be advantageous to you because once they’re not used as toy organizers, they can be used to store something else in your home.
Another is a hanging shoe organizer which can be used for dolls or plush toys. Plus, this storage solution is a space saver because they can be hung at the back of the door or on a wall which is perfect when you have very limited space.
Hide age-inappropriate toys.
If in case your toddler gets gifted with toys that are not appropriate for his age, don’t let your child play with it yet because you want to prevent too many toys piling up in your organizers. In addition, age-inappropriate toys can be dangerous so it would be better if you let your child play with them when he has reached the right age for their safety.
Learning how to organize toddler toys is very critical so you can avoid these things from taking over your space. We also know it’s very challenging to stay organized, especially when you have a toddler. It’s also very easy to want to buy your child all those toys in the store because the fact is, they are really helpful in honing the fine and gross motors skills of your child.
However, you need to hold back on that because the truth is, your toddler will grow very fast, and he won’t be able to play with a lot of toys in his entire toddlerhood. So, whenever you are buying a toy for your child, think carefully and check if you still have space for it.
More importantly, probe if your toddler really needs that toy and the same goes if you are buying gifts for a friend’s kid. Finally, experts say that getting organized is going to be simpler when you have little to organize.