I'll be the first to admit that my house is being taken over by toys. They are everywhere! I find toys in every room of my house and it seems I'm constantly cleaning them up from the moment I wake up in the morning until the kids are asleep. I can think of tons of ways to clean up the clutter but it's actually finding the time to do it that's the most challenging! I've decided that it's time to get organized and I'm starting with the playroom first. In order to get organized the first thing I'm going to do is make a list so I know what I'm working with. The next thing I'm going to do is set up some time to organize when the kids are sleeping, napping or watching a movie. Since spring is right around the corner, it's the best time to declutter some of those toys!
Here's a list that I wrote to help myself get organized. I hope it helps!
1. Get down at your children's eye level during the sorting process to see what needs to stay, what needs to go and what you need to save.
2. Make sure your child is not involved in this process since toy separation anxiety might come into play.
3. Separate all the toys your child doesn't play with anymore and set aside vs. the toys they do play with.
4. Make a separate bin for the toys you can save for later use. It's best to keep a library of toys that you can rotate into their play area. It's a good idea to switch up new toys every couple months to keep things interesting.
5. At this point, you should have three piles of toys. (GOOD TOYS, OLD TOYS AND TOY LIBRARY)
6. Dedicate areas for toys, blocks, arts and crafts etc. Use plastic storage containers so your child can easily see what's inside. You could even go as far as getting plastic containers with lids for crayons, markers, pencils and supplies. Use the wall space where the arts and crafts are to hang up important reminders for your child's school, appointments and even special art work they have made.
7. When organizing space, make sure to use see-through containers for small toys like blocks and legos and keep them down low so your child can reach them.
8. Keep in mind that your child is small so everything should be located where they can reach them. Books, toys and anything heavy should also be kept below their eye level.
9. Label everything! You can even use pictures for younger children. For older children, you can either print your own home-made labels and have your child help you or you can simply use a permanent marker.
10. Introduce your child to their new area. I know that when I mix things up in the play room, my kids love it and will play for hours! It's worth all time you put into this project when you see the end result!