Here are a few tips for you, which can also work for any clutter you may have in your home. This is not for the lighthearted as it makes a bigger mess while in the midst of cleaning, but fear not, focus on the end result!
|Choosing clear containers allows you to find things quickly, |
labeling them is great, and using pictures
for little ones who can not yet read is even better.
Next order of business, donating toys. This can be a challenge since they rarely want to donate or discard ANY toy, so I make them take turns picking out a toy that they no longer use. ( Tip: Telling them their toy is going to a cousin or family friend does seem to make parting with their beloved toys easier.) It is good to reexamine their toy stock every once in awhile, for example, my son has acquired a fair amount of bug catching tools. His problem being finding those tools when he has spied a bug. Having these in one place will help save Mom searching time, after all I am the one who plays with them!
After purging/sorting finding the proper containers, ones that fit all of the contents, but are not too large for them to carry, is needed.
|This box has been a dr. kit, toy holder, and now it is an adventure kit.|
|Cereal boxes make great magazine holders.|
Now maybe you can see the light at the end of the tunnel? Putting the containers back in their place may seem easy but remember access to these toys is key. Do you really want them to have easy access to all those new board games they received for Christmas with their ten million pieces? I do not! That's why they are on the top shelf which means they will be asking to play with them which also gives me a chance to make sure they have picked up their other toys before handing them a beloved game (*wink*).
Sit back and take a look at your hard work, feels good doesn't it? I hope that you get one area of your home organized this year, just one, and you will reap the benefits, I promise.
Happy New Organizing Year!