Feeling overwhelmed by a forever messy play space? Try these tips to get organised.
My children are extremely fortunate to have their own space in our house which is dedicated to their toys. It's currently a bit of a mess, but with a few minutes work, everything will be in its rightful place and tidy again because I spent time organising it a few months ago.
If youíve got a space in your house for the kidsí toys, such as a playroom, an area of another room of the house or their bedrooms, there are ways and means to keep their play space looking organised and tidyÖ.most of the time. If you are forever overwhelmed by the sea of toys, here are some things you can try to get organised.
Start by group similar toys together
Ok, so maybe Iím a tad OCD, but I like to keep my kidsí toys organised according to the type of toy. I find it makes it easier to find certain toys when you really need them (like when your child is having a meltdown because they canít find them) and it makes it easier to put stuff away at the end of the day.
We have separated our toys into LEGO, Bloks, dress up, colouring books and crayons, puzzles, kitchen toys, dolls, talking toys, stuffed toysÖ.you get the idea (yes, my children do have too many toys.)
Invest in some storage
Some good quality storage will go a long way to having your kidsí play area looking neat and tidy. It could be a set of shelves to keep everything off the floor, a storage unit from IKEA to toss the toys into or even a free-standing wardrobe. If you donít have a dedicated play area, you might consider putting some form of storage unit in the bedrooms, or in the closet (we have the IKEA cube ones in our kidsí wardrobes) or investing in some toy boxes that will fit under the beds.
Itís so much easier to keep things tidy when you donít have oodles of stuff at home! You can easily de-clutter by getting rid of toys the kids never play with, broken toys or puzzles with pieces missing, or giving away toys they have grown out of, such as baby toys.
Start a toy rotation
This is one thing Iíve never been organised enough to do, but I hear itís a great way to keep your house tidy AND get the kids excited! Toy rotation is simple enough - simply pack up a bunch of toys, put them somewhere the kids canít get to them and then bring them out three months later (or however long you want). When you bring those toys out, you can out another bunch away to come out another three months later. I say three months because the start of a new season is always a good reminder of when to rotate toys. The kids will think itís Christmas when they get to play with these toys they havenít seen in months!
So now you are ready to get organised! Want to read even more great tips for home organisation? Check out the dedicated space at Motherd website here.