Organizing a toy room can be a little overwhelming, but with the right strategy you can easily transform your child’s play space into a functioning and usable room. Discard and donate unused or outgrown toys first, then, use bins and other storage options to make a clutter-free space so you can easily clean and organize.
Simplify the Space
Clearing clutter is a challenge, but the rewards are especially great when your child can engage with their toys at an age-appropriate level. For younger children, sort the toys into groups, and cycle the groups on a regular basis. Children under the age of two enjoy the novelty of new toys and will always be able to use the toy room as you go through different types of playthings each week.
Shelves are a simple option to store toys, books, and other items. They also allow the child to see what is available and easily transition to storage for other items as your child grows. For safety purposes, make sure all shelves are attached to wall studs, or install furniture safety straps on the shelves to prevent tipping.
Older children are able to handle more toys, and can be very helpful in deciding which toys to keep, and which to donate or discard. No matter how tempting it is to toss that one-armed action figure, ask your child for permission before throwing away or donating their toys. Most kids are more than willing to get rid of things if you explain the process beforehand.
Use chalkboard paint and a piece of chalk or printer to label plastic Quantum Storage bins, and store smaller items, like building blocks and small cars, in the bins. Store larger items, like teddy bears in a large container and save special items, like trophies or a favorite doll, for the shelf. Keep age-appropriate and favorite books on the bookshelf.
Centers, such as a corner for building toys, or a table for art supplies, are an excellent way to organize toys so your child can access different types more easily. While centers do take more time to organize on a daily basis, rather than simply tossing everything into a closet, centers are ideal when you are already cycling through all their playthings.
After sorting and organizing your child’s toy room, you have a usable space that is benefits your child in many ways. Not only is the space easier to clean at a moment’s notice, it is also easier for your child to navigate. With clear spaces for everything, older children can even help clean after a hard day of play.