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organizing toys

May 3, 2017

The chaos that is a house with little children. Stepping on random lego is a serious parenting hazard! Before the boys were born I had this vision of a beautiful playroom and nursery, where everything matched, coordinating pillows and with all toys in pretty wicker baskets. HA. I laugh now as my living room floor looks like Toys R Us threw up all over it.

In the boys playroom we have a long Ikea Kallax unit, the one with a eight cubby holes. We used bright coloured baskets and that held extra toys for a long time. And somehow toys ended up scattered on the floor regardless. I wanted something transparent where the boys could see the toys inside instead of dumping a whole basket and realizing what they wanted wasn’t in there.

>> We used Hefty Brand plastic containers, linked here. But you can find 15 qt. and 66 qt. plastic totes in many different brands and retail locations.

We purchased really simple, plain ol’ plastic storage containers with lids. The large ones houses their train sets and one to consolidate their Paw Patrol collection. The smaller ones have toy cars, dinosaurs, kitchen and fake food items, lego duplo blocks, one for the Mega blocks and so on. There is nothing fancy or pretty about this way of organizing toys. But it’s effective and efficient. Everything has its own box which makes clean up easier and quicker. It also makes play time more enjoyable for both the kids and me. When the room is scattered with random bits and pieces of different toys, it gets overwhelming and the boys get bored easily. This way, they take one box and play, they then have to clean it up before opening the second box.

I’ll be buying even smaller storage boxes for their craft, sensory play items and playdoh collection next. Who knew that cleaning and organizing toys in a practical fashion would bring so much zen to my life. But I swear it has!

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  • Reply Alyssa May 3, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Great read! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Denise May 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, we have the same toy organization system!!! Toy clutter is one of my biggest phobias! We have a ton of the Sterilite containers in different sizes. When my kids get new toys, I immediately eyeball what container size it needs, go to the store or online and buy one pronto! I even labeled each container with chalkboard stickers (I’m an SLP, and the labels are supposed to help with early letter and word recognition; or I’m just a freak, I’ve labeled everything in my life since I was young!). I too have a strict rule about cleaning one container up before opening another one, unless they’re related (i.e. Food and Tea Set). I know I sound like a tyrant, BUT, it keeps me sane AND as time went on, I noticed my kids playing with toys longer, cleaning up without being told (sometimes :), and are less overwhelmed when cleaning up because there’s a specific place for everything!
    Your boys are too cute! And you’re doing an awesome job!

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