Declutter and Organize Your Kid’s Toys Once and For All
Declutter and Organize Your Kid’s Toys
Get control of your home. Declutter and organize your kid’s toys so they aren’t driving you crazy anymore.
It’s so easy for us moms to get caught up in the mundane task of taking care of the home. So often we start feeling like our days just consist of laundry, cooking, cleaning, and toys, and it’s just on repeat. And those toys… toys everywhere! I’ve heard so many moms say that they are picking up toys “all day long!”
Your days don’t have to feel mundane, and those toys – you don’t need to pick them up all day long. I mean seriously, why would you do that to yourself? No one wants to do that, and no one should be doing that. There are systems that you can put in place to get those toys organized and stop picking them up all day long. Putting these systems in place will help your life be simpler and give you more time for fun things.
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Declutter and Organize Your Kid’s Toys on a Regular Basis
The main reason why moms are picking up toys all day long is that kids have an overwhelming amount of toys. The toys are spilling out everywhere and it’s hard to keep them contained. Ask yourself how much your child actually plays with all of those toys and you’ll find that they don’t play with many of them.
Or when they do play with them, it’s not for a very long period of time. I recommend going through toys at least once a year and getting rid of some. The best times to declutter and organize your kid’s toys would be before Christmas or a birthday. Here are some basic tips to help you declutter your kid’s toys.
Basic Tips for a Toy Declutter:
1.) Put every single toy out in the middle of the floor and go through each one.
2.) Throw away anything that is broken.
3.) Put aside toys they have grown out of that you could save for a future sibling. These can be put in storage bins.
4.) Decide on some toys you could donate. These could be toys they don’t play with often, or that they have duplicates of. Even if they aren’t exactly the same toy, I have found that some toys are very similar and you can get rid of one set of princesses or action figures and keep the other.
5.) Lastly, find a home for everything you are keeping. Organize the toys so you know where to put them back each day when you clean up.
Still Have Too Many Toys?
If you still feel like you have too many toys out and about, then consider going through them again and finding more to donate. Your kids may say they miss them in the beginning, but they will quickly forget. You will also find that they play with a toy longer when they have fewer options. Plus, they will thank you later when they are adults who don’t put their worth in their possessions.
This cube organizer helps us organize our toys quickly and easily.
Design a Toy Clean Up Routine
After decluttering, you may have fewer toys but you will still need to pick up the toys. That really is inevitable, but it only needs to be once a day, maybe twice. At our house, we pick up toys at the end of each day.
Right before we read our bedtime story, my daughter and I pick up the toys together. Most of them are contained in her room, which makes it easier. Make sure the kids are helping you because one day they will be old enough to it by themselves and you won’t need to organize toys at all.
On days where a lot of toys have gotten out into the living space, I just shove these back in her room in the late afternoon. I don’t worry about putting them back in their place until bedtime. She usually ends up pulling them back out. So why put them back in their place twice, when I can just do it once?
Use a Clutter Basket
Doing this quick clear out and tossing toys back in her room is pretty easy for me because our house is a smaller, ranch-style. Her room is right off the living room. If your house is larger or even two stories I would get a basket that you can keep in the main living room. When the toys are getting out of control, have the kids toss them in the basket and take them back up to their room. You can even wait and have them take the basket up at the end of the day.
Once you declutter and organize your kid’s toys and design a toy clean up routine, your life will be much simpler. You can spend quality time with your kids instead of stressing about all of the toys that are everywhere.
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