We all know that kids may be small but they come with a lot of cargo! So many of my clients ask me for magical tips to help keep their toy rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms organized and unfortunately there there isn’t one. The only way to keep these rooms under control is to schedule time to sort and maintain. I know, this isn’t what you want to hear but putting in the time is the best way. Working with a professional like me can help cut down on that time, manage the project, suggest great products, and come back every few months to maintain the space.
- Schedule time to sort through all of the kids toys and books every four to six weeks. Create piles for what you would like to keep, donate, and toss.
- Also sort toys before Christmas, Hanukkah, and birthdays to create extra room for new items the kids might receive as gifts.
- Rearrange the toys every time you sort to create new interest for your kids. Switch the bins around and the placement of things on the shelves.
- Remember that it is up to you to make the bulk of the decisions, don’t put this pressure and stress solely on your kids.
- Don’t feel like you have to have all of the toys out at the same time, think about boxing up some of the toys to bring out at other times of the year (summer break, travel and road trips, snow days, and long weekends).
- Designate toy areas in your home, this will help your kids build habits of putting them away and the spread of toys throughout your home.
- Remember to consider your kids eye level when putting things away. Put popular items at the lowest levels and organize your way to the top by prioritizing how often toys are played with.
- Dump everything out and start over! There are lots of little pieces stuffed into bins and you want to make sure everything gets sorted out and wiped out clean.