toy storage 101
TOY STORAGE. This was the most requested space to organize. After a few trials and errors, we have a system that works for everyone in our family.
Scarlet loves to play wherever I am. So that usually means the family room and kitchen. Currently, we store all our toys in our TV entertainment center. The side cabinets open up and we have three drawers providing lots of storage.
Clear storage is my favorite for little children. They can see exactly what each bin holds and where it goes when putting it away when finished playing. I got these from Amazon, and they are my favorite. Once you find your containers or bins, have your child help you sort and organize their toys. Don't be afraid to make a mess; in fact, plan for a mess! This is a great opportunity to clean, throw out, and donate old toys.
Next, sort, and label. We categorized ours as follows.
-food and kitchen
-puzzles & magnatiles
So what if I don't have an entertainment center like you? No worries. You can apply these same techniques to whatever space you have. If you have room to add a small cabinet I suggest one of these.
This is a great option. Grab some baskets and sort!
This one comes with bins. Sort your toys, label, TA-DA, DONE!
How do I keep clean and organized? I'll be honest, sometimes I find blocks in the food and kitchen bin. We roll with it. Does it make my OCD go a little crazy, yeah, it does. But it's more important to me to have a system in place and a little girl who cleans up her toys.
I used to clean up the living room five or six times a day, it was exhausting. Now we clean up all our toys before bed. Get down with your kids and show them how it all works, "Hey Scarlet, all your blocks go here, and this is where your puzzles go!" We've done it over and over again but it's finally catching on. She can do most of it by herself. Practice makes perfect!
Have questions? Let me know!
More ideas coming this week!