No matter the children’s age, it can always be challenging for parents to organize toys. Children love toys. They can pick up a lot from playing. Studies shows that learning through play is an essential part of a kid’s growth and development. Making sure your kid has sufficient playtime is a great way in getting your kids to release some extra energy. The best toys involve a kid’s senses, stimulate their imagination, and encourage them to socialize with others.
Getting toys arranged and organized into easy-to-follow structures is the greatest method to stop toy mess from building up in your home. Here are 3 tips for toy organization, in addition to some free organizing labels to help you get your children's toy collection under control!
- Define A Play Area
Toys spread all over the house present an organizational nightmare. It can be beneficial to have toys in well-defined spaces in the house. Those with a large home environment can set separately one room as a play area. Those with smaller homes might consider limiting play to bedrooms, or a corner of the living area.
If floor space is limited, a great idea is to display items on shelves, wardrobes and out of children’s reach. It is a brilliant solution to display artwork, stuffed animals, small toys, and books on corner shelves. You can hang things to get them off the floor and give your child more play space.
- Get organized.
involve your child in categorizing and organizing toys, so they know where everything goes and can help put things away at the end of the day. Create an organizational system that works for you and your space. The number 1 rule to keeping your kid's toys organized is to categorize them. It also supports your kids in finding what they're looking for and put things back in the right place. Children are more likely to put away their things if they have an easy system in place to do it. The best method to sort and separate different categories are
- containers that easily slide in and out.
Another trick is to color code the bins, so children learn that puzzles go in the red bin, the train goes in the purple bin, and so on. When each type of toy or activity has an assigned bin, they are more likely to put away their toys in the correct place with minimal assistance.
With children less than age 5 it’s much easier to just have a single bin that holds all of the toys. It is definitely the simpler the method and easier for everybody to keep up. It holds large and small toys and at easy reach for little arms and hands.
- Sort and minimize.
If your children are on the younger end, this is greatly done when they are not at home. Remove all toys that are no longer suitable. You can give them to someone or make a small box of 3-4 things to keep around if you have younger children visiting your home. It goes without saying, but can sometimes be hard to keep on top of, but try to through away anything that is broken or missing pieces including old games, puzzles, etc.
It can be easy for your house to become overwhelmed with all the toys and puzzles your child has all over the floor. Something that has worked well for me is to have the toys in a different room to where your child plays. That way, you can give your child the choice of up to three toys, limiting the amount of mess made across the house.
Something you can benefit from is trying to section similar toys together when storing them. Similar toys might include
- Building toys
- Dramatic play
- Imagination toys
- Educational toys
- Active toys
- Soft toys
- Noisy toys
Despite the tips above, it can still be hard to keep toys stored and the house tidy. Whatever you do, do not beat yourself, but hopefully the tips above can help you with improving the toys all over the floor situation!