When you have kids, toys can become a massive issue. So. Many. Toys. To. Contend. With! Where do you put them? How do you store them? This blog will give you a few ideas.
1. Sort them into ‘like items’ and cull
This will differ for different age groups but some examples are:
- gross motor (bulky items, blocks, teddies, dolls),
- fine motor (smaller cars, blocks, smaller toys),
- imaginary play.
Or you might prefer splitting them into these categories:
- Soft Toys,
- puzzles and board games,
- blocks and building,
- battery operated,
- hard toys (trains, cars etc),
- dress ups.
The groups of toys will give you a clearer idea of how much you have of a particular type of toy. Making it much easier to cull.
If you’re keeping toys because you love them, then they belong in your memory box rather than in your kid’s toy box. Only keep stuff they’re playing with.
Toss out anything that is broken or missing pieces (if they’re un-fixable or you won’t fix them).
If you’re worried they’ll ask for a toy you’ve thrown out or given away, put it in a labelled box for a month. If it’s not asked for in that time, pass it onto charity.
2. Display the favourites
In the area your child plays, put out the toys your kid always plays with. Have these easily accessible and clearly labelled. Keep in mind a child’s ‘prime location’ to keep things is at eye to waist level (on them). In a play room, it might be eye to waist height whilst they are sitting or kneeling. Labels might also need to be pictures if they aren’t reading yet.
3. Toy Rotation Needed?
Look at what’s left. If there’s lots left to put away (like boxes worth), you probably need a toy rotation. This is where toys are separated into tubs to rotate through every few weeks or months. It reduces toy clutter, overwhelm of choice (AKA chaotic play). It also increases the variety when boredom strikes and they’re sick of the same old toys. Time for a rotation of toys!
Even if you have ample space to display all your toys, a toy rotation can be something to consider. Particularly if your child is always pulling all the toys out (and not putting them back), they are overwhelmed easily, or they tire of the same stuff quickly.
4. Set up the toy rotation.
That’s a whole other blog post. I’ll post that up over the next few months.
If you’re still struggling with your kids toys (or your own), get in touch and I’ll help you out.