I was ready for a change, ready to find a solution to the never ending disaster of our place–the toy mess. I started by weaning out a large majority of them. A large majority?? You would never know! There were still so many nice ones I knew the kids did not “need” but could not bring myself to part with. They were great toys, just not so great constantly strewn across every floor.
I had a solution!!
I organized them all into different categories (cars, blocks, dress up, misc.), placing each in its designated plastic bin.
I placed the bins on the shelves in the kids’ closet, far beyond their reach. Being clear though, they have an idea of what is inside of each, and this is how our new “play time” process now goes. They choose which bin they want to play with and open it up like it is Christmas day.
When they want a new set of toys they have to put all the former ones back in the bin, which they do happily, excited to discover the next treasure of goodies.
I cannot tell you the difference this has made to the mess around here! I am in complete awe as I sit and write this post. I can actually see my carpet–my soft, beautiful carpet. There are certain toys which always remain down. The large ones and some of the kid’s absolute favorites stay in easy reach for them during the day. To pick up these stragglers takes only a few minutes though.
This is perhaps something done by the masses, and took me “only” three years to discover. Nevertheless, I feel this part of our life has been transformed, and I am definitely one happy, and clean, momma!
What about you?? What type of organization do you use to keep the toy mess under control? I would love to hear some more ideas!