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Every mother and father have experienced the pain of walking into their child’s room and barely being able to see the floor. It has happened to all of us no matter how hard we prevent it. The truth is children are just really messy creatures. They make toy organization seem impossible.
Well, my loyal readers, I am here to tell you it is not impossible. It is possible to create an organization system in your children’s room. This system will not only make their room look good, but it will also make it easier for them to pick up their toys. The easier it is for your children to pick up their toys the more likely it is that they will pick up their toys.
If you are having trouble getting your kids to pick up their toys you might want to read this article. In it, I outline a very simple yet effective way to trick your children into cleaning up after themselves at a very early age. The more they clean up the less you have to. Now doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Here are my best tips on how to organize your child’s room in a way that will make it easy for them to know which toys go where.
This is what I have found to be my biggest helper in toy organization. Color bins make it easy for children to know which toy goes where, because every bin looks different. Even if they don’t fully know their colors they know the blue bin looks different from the red bin. This makes it easy for them to sort their toys.
My son has many different types of toys, just like your children probably do. I find that if we don’t put the toys away a certain way they don’t all fit. This means we use a different bin for everything. I have a larger bin for all is dinosaurs and trucks, and a smaller bin from all his little figures.
We also use pick up time as a way to teach colors. Since all the bins are different colors when he picks up his toys I tell him what color each bin is and he then repeats it to me. This way learning color comes second nature to him. He doesn’t feel like he is being forced to learn anything. We all know how kids act when they are forced to do something.
Here are the bins I used and yes they are from Amazon. I am a lazy person. I like to shop online.
This toy organization tip is more for older children. Labeling the bins makes it easy for children to know which toys go where. This can also be used to help teach them words. If you repeat the word over to them each time they place a toy away they will start to recognize the word and object it belongs to.
If you are using this method to teach words to your children I recommend using small bins with only one type of toy in it. For example one bin for trains and another people. This will prevent them from getting confused. If you used words such as big toys or small toys they won’t fully understand.
I use cube shelves for everything. I have found they can make a small room look much bigger. Instead of placing all your new bins on the floor and taking up lots of space, it is much more appealing to stack them inside a cube unit. This will open up more room on the floor of your children’s room, and isn’t that the goal?
If you have a young child with a large enough closet the unit can even be hidden away in the closet. I have one in my son’s room and one hidden inside his closet for all of his books.
This is the one I use. I find that it is small enough to fit in cramped places but big enough to serve its purpose.
This one should go without saying, but every child should have a toy chest. Just a simple plastic one will do. I know they don’t tend to last long, some kids are rougher than others, but the lightweight ones will prevent injury.
It also needs to be light enough so your children can open it themselves. If they can’t open it they can’t use it. Toy chest can also be bought with different cartoon characters on them. I find this makes children like them just a bit more.
Carts are another item that is useful for toy organization, but I only recommend them for older children or rooms that are always supervised. They can be easily moved or tipped over.
I use carts to organize art supplies. I find that different levels of shelves make it easy to organize the different items that we use. They can also be used to organize bins filled with small toys, or clothes for dolls.
Here are the two I can personally recommend.
When children are given an easy system to use they will be more willing to follow it. Organization is key to having a clean room where the floor is visible again.
Tell me some of the toy organization you have used in the past.