Like most houses with young children, there never seems to be a never-ending supply of toys. It’s always a challenge to get them organized because there is just so much stuff. One tip is to start applying your own rules for my kids possessions.
If you follow a minimalist type thinking, buy only something if it fits into one of the following categories:
1. I love it, and I mean really love it.
2. I need it.
3. It will make my life significantly easier.
You can apply these same rules to your “stuff” when decluttering – if it does not fit into one of these categories, get rid of it. This can be your first step in organizing all of the toys. Let go of the idea that you have to keep something because it was a gift or because the kids used to love it. If it does not fit into one of these categories, donate it.
Once there are a lot less toys to organize, the process is easier. Toy boxes while easy to shove stuff into, it can be hard to find what you want in them, and they don’t always look nice. For a more organized method, consider cloth bins – one for each “type” of toy.
Labeled the bins with Washi tape. If the tape isn’t sticking very well to the cloth, you can use electrical tape on the ends to keep it in place. You can use simple bin shelves to store the boxes, but you can get creative with this. For example, if you have a few extra, put some under a table or other unused area.
You can also use old pull out drawers to organize items like art supplies. You likely have a plethora of coloring books, crayons, paint, and craft supplies – way too much to fit into a cloth bin. Label each drawer with what’s inside. This also let you create “centers”, similar to how a preschool classroom is set up. Your playroom can have an art center, music center, sports center, imaginative center, and literacy center.
The labels on the bins and drawers are a key in keeping the playroom organized. Anyone (like a husband) can now clean the playroom and put everything in the right place. When in a hurry and cleaning up, you are not tempted to throw something in the closest or randomly in a toy chest because you know that it has a place and can easily find where it should go.
With a well-organized playroom, the kids enjoy using it so much more. They have a lot more room and they’re not so overwhelmed with choices. Also, there’s now enough room for other activities such as a work out room during their naps, so everybody wins!
So that’s all there is to it – a simple playroom organization method. Please leave us a comment to let me know how you keep your kids’ toys organized!