Day 16 of sort save splurge is part 2 of toy organization. Don’t have kids? Meet be back here for day 17.
First, I’m going to be Caption Obvious and tell you to sort toys by type. Have issues with kids dumping out ALL their toys? Clear plastic bins are a great way for kids to see what’s inside and has helped us, especially when it comes to Legos and train set pieces. Labeling bins with pictures of what’s inside helps little ones who can’t read figure out what’s inside without dumping everything out..
What works for us:
My rule is that each child can play with one bin at a time. If you want to play with something else, then you have to clean up the first bin. That way, if they abandon their toys without cleaning up after themselves, there are only two small bins to tackle. The little one just turned two, so I still have to help him clean up, but my four year old has it down pat.
I also have designated baskets in the living room and in each of their bedrooms to deal with the toys that seem to wander off from the playroom. The kids have to clean up their toys sometime after dinner, but no TV until toys are picked up. We have a clean up song and a race to see who can clean up the fastest.
I do stickers as rewards. Get enough stickers and then you can shop in “Mommy’s Store”. It’s filled with stickers, Play Doh, lollipops, pencils and various other items I find in the dollar section. I use my chore chart and simply fill it with simple age appropriate tasks to help them track how many stickers they have. This method has helped our toys stay organized, keeps them engaged because they think it’s fun and teaches my kids a little bit of responsibility.
Another method that works for keeping kids interested in the toys they have is splitting what they have into two. Place half the toys out to play with and the other half in storage. Rotate as necessary. It works like a charm and keeps me from having to buy new toys constantly, which leads to less stuff to clean up.
Have any toys organization tips?