Toys encourage imagination, help develop fine motor skills, and keep the kids out of your hair. However, they aren’t much use if lost among each other in disarray. It’s easy to forget about something when it’s at the bottom of a full drawer, collecting dust in a messy corner, or in the great unknown. If your little one’s playroom looks more Chaos Castle than Shipshape Chateau, it might be time to reorganize.
Rally up the rascals, and get cracking with the following ingenious ways to regain order, clear out clutter, and reorganize your kid’s toys.
First Thing’s First
Before you start reorganizing, it’s always good to purge the playroom of all broken and obsolete items. The chances are that you’ll be left with a fair amount of extra storage space afterward. Next, with the help of your little ones, round everything up and sort them into categories. It might seem tedious, but this is a vital step in the process.
You’ll have a clear indication of all the items that need homing, and how many bins or baskets they’ll require. At this stage, you can also start mapping out where each category of toys is going to live.
Toys That Play Together Stay Together
That’s the Golden Rule. Draw inspiration from your little one’s kindergarten classroom and have a look at how it’s structured. Arts and crafts items, including things like Play-Doh, clay, and Silly Sand, should occupy one section of the room. Make space in another corner for plush toys, keeping action figures, dolls, and all their supporting cast characters together.
When it’s time to play, your children can let their imaginations run wild with their favorite toys at their fingertips. Searching, losing interest, and abandoning the activity altogether will become a thing of the past. Include your little one in the process and let them also decide on categories and where each toy belongs. After all, they’ll need to know where to find everything when it’s playtime.
Containers Are Your Friend
The kinds of containers you use largely depends on how old your children are, as each age group has different requirements. For example, smaller kids need bigger containers like bins to store bulky items. You could assign a broad category to each – one for plush toys, another for building blocks, and one for popular items. If you make sure they’re clearly labeled, with some practice, your small children can even start putting their toys away themselves after playing.
For older kids, you’ll need smaller, more compact containers. Use color-coding or another similar system to label and identify each one. This is also ideal for legos or other smaller items.