Are you overwhelmed with the amount of toys your kids have, and want to get them organised better? This is such a common situation for parents, especially after the holiday season. I am determined to clear out a lot of our excess toys in the next few weeks, and to bring in less new toys in the coming year. Despite that, there’s always going to be a certain volume of toys in the house, with multiple young kids. Here are a few simple ways to organise the toys, and deal with areas that can quickly get out of control.
Create visual labels for toy boxes, so even the youngest kids can see what belongs where – and put things back in the right place. This is great for the cube storage systems, like Ikea’s Expedit (what we have) and similar versions.
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Organise your Lego. Once our kids hit about 4 years old, the Lego started to multiply and multiply! Now with three of them from 4-7, it’s one of the most played with toys but does have a tendency to spread over the entire home.
For a small selection of easy to see pieces, you could try re-purposing an old tool box into a Lego storage area
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Or for Lego storage on a larger section, try using the Ikea Trofast system and colour coding.
Organise your kids colouring books with individual baskets. Each child can have their own with a selection of colouring books, paper and colouring pens or pencils.
Set up a wall display too, using clothes pegs, that way the kids can display some of their art work once they’re done and hopefully avoid the ever growing piles of paper that start to appear after an art session.
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Writing and drawing supplies can also be organised in a homework caddy, using jars or tins to store each item. Again, each child can have their own. I love how organised this feels!
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Since we have so many arts and craft supplies, I’m also tempted to go down the Ikea art cart route. These are found in the kitchen section, but I’ve seen many families using these to store their craft supplies in a practical and accessible way.
Another great idea from the kitchen section, is to use these magnetic knife bars to hold small toys like hot wheels cars. They’re so much more accessible here than at the bottom of a large box full of vehicles, and it makes a cool feature for the playroom wall too. This is definitely on my to do list.
If you have a lot of dolls clothes, then one of these over-door clear shoe organisers works as a doll clothes wardrobe. Keep each outfit in one slot, and kids can easily see the ones they want, rather than dealing with a crumpled pile of everything mixed together – with stray shoes getting lost here and there.
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It’s not only dolls clothes that can be hard to organise, the kids own dress up clothes can get out of control too! My kids have accumulated a lot and we definitely need to work on a new storage idea for them.
This DIY dress up storage includes hanging space and bins for other accessories like masks, hats and shoes, which is a great way to keep everything in one place.
When clearing out the toys, we always find a few lost parts here and there. It can be hard to know whether to just throw them out, or whether you’ll come across the other pieces soon enough. Using a lost parts bin is a good way to handle this during your clear out – toss all of the lost parts in here, and once everything is done, you could throw out those that can’t be matched up.
You could make this part of your regular tidying and organising routine too. When you find stray Lego pieces or pieces of toys around the home drop them into the lost parts bin and reunite them with their correct places at the end of the day.
Do you have a tonne of stuffed animals too? Try containing them in a stuffed toys zoo – you can DIY it, like this one made from a bookshelf and bungee cord
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Or even make them their own animal swing!
Board games are another type of toy that we always seem to accumulate. Some of their art work makes a great decoration for your playroom walls, and this can double up as storage too!
For wooden puzzles, try stacking them up in racks like these. You can buy ones specifically intended for puzzles, from Melissa and Doug, or try repurposing some of the racks you’ll find in the kitchen or office sections.
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Finally, for those toys with lots of little pieces, these clear drawstring bags are a great idea. You can easily see what’s inside, and keep all of the pieces together.
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