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February 16, 2015

30 Day Neat & Tidy Challenge: Day 13 - Kid's Toys

Welcome back!  How was everyone's Valentine's weekend?  It's Day 13 of our 30 Day Neat & Tidy Challenge!  Today we are tackling Kid's Toys, I know it's frightening but I know together we can get through this! 

It's so easy for toys to slowly take over our spaces, especially in the kid's bedroom or their playroom!  Have no fear because I will walk you through the steps you need to take to tackle this project.  I will also provide you with some great ideas for storing all those toys down to the smallest ones.

Let's get started!

-Go through all toys and decide what stays and what goes.

-Throw any toys that are broken, torn or stained.

-Keep sentimental toys to a minimum.

-Group like toys together to be stored in the same place.  Use bins, baskets and boxes to store remaining mismatch  toys.

-Make a special section for learning activities or arts and craft items.

-Keep coloring books in their own bin along with a box of colors.  This will make it easy to grab the coloring book they need and put it back where it belongs.

-Take puzzles out of their packaging and store in smaller tupperware boxes or pencil bags.  Cut the small picture off the box before you throw it away and tape it to the lid or window of the pencil bag.  Write on the back of the picture the number of pieces it should have to keep track of each puzzle piece.

-Plastic bins work great for storing small figurines.  I keep my daughter's LPS & MLP toys in their own small shoebox bins because she plays with those more.  The others are kept together in a larger bin.  Believe me when I say don't go through all the figurines and separate them into lots of different categories.  They will not stay that way.  Concentrate on the top 3 or so toys they play with and allow those to have their own storage.

-Pick a designated section to store stuffed animals.  I use a huge storage bin to keep them in.  You can also rotate between bins if they have a lot of don't want to part with them. 

-Make use of their under bed space!  The more organized it is down there, the better chance of it not getting messy.  Use under bed bins to keep everything neat & tidy!

-If you have some toys in the living room, then try to find some nice looking storage to keep them all in.  I would opt for some baskets or an ottoman you can open to hid things away when company comes over.

Extra tips for getting rid of toys!

-Let the little ones help pick some toys to donate.  It's a great time for them to learn there are other's less fortunate that can benefit from that red truck or barbie they haven't played with in years.

-For all other toys you know they haven't played with in a long time, I would sneak them into a plastic bag (black would be good so they can't see what's inside) then wait about a week and see if they notice any of the toys are missing.  If they don't, then it wasn't important enough to them and they can be secretly donated.

-You could also sell their toys at a garage sale and let them keep the money to spend!  This will be a great motivator for them to find toys they haven't played with in a long time.

-Lastly, you can rotate toys.  Split the toys in half, or thirds in big plastic bins and then rotate them every three to four months (or whatever schedule is convenient for you).  This will help tame the clutter and your kids will be able to enjoy all their toys.  They will be excited to see their toys they haven't played with in a long time and it will feel like a new toy all over again. Store these toys in an attic or somewhere hidden for better results.  If the kids know where the toys are and can see them at the top of their closet, the more likely they will remember them and throw a tantrum to get them.  

Let's organize some toys!  Let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help you!

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  1. What a great idea to number the puzzle piece count! That way we ALWAYS know how many to have/ look for! Great ideas!

  2. I think the most important thing when cleaning the kids toys is to make sure the KID is NOT HOME or around! I usually get rid of a LOT of stuff when I clean out the toys. I could never do this with my child around. They never seem to notice the "missing" toys either!

    1. Oh definitely! I always clean when my daughter is in school or while my husband takes her somewhere. =)

  3. Organization is so important--I feel so much better about everything when my house is orangized. :)

  4. Posts like this are very motivating. I have some closets to tackle.

  5. I just went through all of my sons toys as I switched his toys out for ones that were away, oh it is so nice to get rid of some of it! More space yay!

  6. I've totally failed at this months challenge and I'm away on a 2 week road trip, but these are some great ideas for when I get home and have a house full of toys to organize!

  7. SO SO smart to rotate the toys. It keeps the room less full and the kids won't get sick of their toys!


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