Toys. Toys. Toys. You’re swimming in them, and you wonder why you haven’t twisted an ankle yet! Sure toy clutter is unsightly and dangerous too, but how do you get it under control? To get you started, here are 7 top tips for organizing that toy clutter and engaging the kids to pitch in as well.
Get down on your knees
To see just how daunting the task is from your child’s point of view, get down on their level. This can present some surprising storage space ideas that actually work since they are accessible to your kids.
Ask your child for some ideas
This works on the same level as the first tip. Ask your child to get involved with the organization of their toys. You may be surprised by the ideas they have to offer. This also makes them more likely to have fun when picking up their toys.
Ask your child if there are any toys or games they do not play with frequently. Explain that there are needy children who would love to have their very own toys. This can help you cut back on clutter, while also teaching your children wonderful life lessons and letting them benefit from the rewarding feelings of giving.
Telling your child that you are losing your mind with toy clutter all over the house is not the best way to accomplish what you desire. But children understand rewards. Set up a system for weekly or monthly rewards depending on how many days your child’s room is neat and organized.
Separate and contain
If all of your child’s stuffed animals, video games, comic books, robots and other toys are stored in one large container, you are creating a mess every time your child wants to play with any of them. Separate your toys by type, storing them in separate bins or containers.
Make a trade
If your child wants to play Minecraft, tell them they can do that as soon as they put away the toy car set they just finished playing with. This will minimize clutter since they will always have just one toy out at a time.
Set a schedule to start good habits
Organize and stick to a morning and evening toy pickup routine. Rather than letting clutter build-up all week long and then forcing your child to agonizingly spend 2 or 3 hours cleaning their room, 10 or 15 minutes at the beginning and evening of everyday makes clearing toy clutter quick and simple.
There. Was that hard? Oh! You haven’t started yet? Well you do have to start at some point. Don’t get overwhelmed though (the kids might see that reaction). Just take it on, one corner at a time.