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Try these 5 easy tips and finally organise your kids' toys.
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Managing your kids’ toys always feels
like a daunting task – especially around birthdays or the holidays.
When new toys come in, old toys need to go out. Unless you want to
build an addition onto your home just to store all of those toys,
you’re going to need to develop a simple system you can use. When
you see more toys than floor, it’s time to get to work. It doesn’t
need to be hard to deal with the colossal toy problem, and your kids
can even help you do it.
Many toys just aren’t durable. Kids
play with them a few times, and they break. They stop lighting up or
making noise. The action figure’s arm will break off, or the doll’s
hair gets tangled. Make sure all of the broken stuff finds its way
into the garbage, rather than back into the toy pile. If you haven’t
done a purge in a while, it’s time to start throwing things away.
You can’t donate broken toys – no one will want to play with
If there’s nothing wrong with a toy,
you can always give it away. This includes toys your children got but
never played with, things in good condition that they’re no longer
interested in, or toys that are no longer age appropriate. Rather
than throwing them out, donate them to children who need them. If you
know someone with younger children, ask the parents if they’d be
interested. If not, you can always donate
them to charity or to a thrift shop. They’re
always happy to receive toys in good condition.
If you still have your child’s first
toys or there are sentimental things, like dollhouses, that they no
longer use, you might want to keep them. You’ll have to find a
place to put the things you want to keep that are no longer used. If
you don’t have space in your home, you can inexpensively rent
storage space on a site like Spacer.
Setting them aside someplace safe will help you make room for the
things your children are actively using.
If you don’t already have one, create
a “no toys all over the house” rule. This keeps things from
getting lost and broken, and it will also help you keep your house
cleaner. It’s easier to stay on top of the mess when it’s all
confined to specific areas. Bedrooms and play areas are easier to
clear for toys than the entire house. When your child is looking for
something, he or she will always know where to find it.
very busy. You don’t have time to pick everything up. Use a toy
storage system that’s easy for your children to understand, and
encourage them to pick up and put away their own toys. Things like
coded bins are helpful. You can also use
several toy chests designated for specific kinds of toys. One box for
puzzles and blocks, one box for stuffed animals, and one box for
dolls. As long as it’s simple enough for your child to follow, he
or she will be able to clean them up, while learning how to properly
care for their belongings.
If you develop a great system and stick
to it, it won’t take you much work to keep up with it. Your kids
might even be able to take over and manage the whole thing
themselves. Just make sure you check once a month to see that you
aren’t holding onto things you don’t need anymore.
Rachel is a mother of 2 beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a Senior Content Manager at NYBizDb - an online resource of relevant business information.
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