How do you store your child's always growing toy collection? It's a conundrum that all parents will face sooner or later, and Circle of Moms members have weighed in on this question with some helpful, practical, and tried-and-true suggestions. Here's a list of possibilities to explore for your family's toy-storage needs.
1. Open Bin Organizers
Rachel B. uses a "3 shelved, 9 storage bin" organizer that she found inexpensively on Craigslist to keep toys organized. She hides away toys her son doesn't play with every day, and then rotates them in to his toy bins to keep him continually stimulated.
2. Stacking Plastic Containers
Michelle R. recommends a combination of Rubbermaid containers with simple Ziploc bags for storing toys that have multiple small parts. She stacks her containers on shelves in her child's room for easy organization. And Anila K. is another mom who likes stackable boxes with lids, which take up less space than boxes or containers in random shapes and sizes. Choosing clear plastic containers will make it easier for you and your kids to find toys and to sort them at clean-up time.
3. Cardboard Boxes
This solution, from Kathy S., is free! Simply save and re-purpose boxes that come into your home. TV boxes and sturdy appliance boxes in particular are excellent candidates for storing large toys.
4. Laundry Baskets
Jessica F. keeps a laundry basket in the living room, which is where her kids typically choose to play. At the end of the day, the family collaborates in piling the toys into the basket to clear the floor and furniture. This is a great way to involve your kids in the ongoing process of keeping order.
5. Wooden Boxes or Crates
Another suggestion, from Selia B., that is more durable than cardboard boxes, is to buy lightweight wooden boxes or crates at a craft store and decorate them yourself. Letting your pre-schooler help embellish and label the boxes can get him more invested in the habit of putting his toys away.
6. A Responsibility Chart
Though it isn't a storage device per se, Brenda M. uses a Melissa & Doug responsibility chart to help her kids track their toys and put them away when they're finished using them. This cuts down on clutter and teaches kids to take responsibility for their belongings.
No matter what storage system you choose, Julianne M. reminds us that the most important thing to remember is to get rid of the old toys to make room for the new. And Erin H. leaves us with this clean-up song to inspire you upward and onward in your never-ending battle against clutter!
Clean up, clean up, everyone everywhere.
Clean up, clean up, everyone's doing their share!
What system do you use for corralling toys?
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