Last month I shared my goals to tackle the massive amount of toy clutter we were left with after a new assortment entered our home for the holidays. We live in a smaller home, so we’re limited on space to begin with. Add the fact that our home was built in the 20s, and we’re left with even less storage space. Yep, our closets are tiny, and most of them were built into the bedrooms years later taking away even more space from the bedrooms.
How can I stay on top of the toy clutter without going insane in our small space?
I am the worst at organization, but I know organization is the key to keeping our living space clutter free. With two young girls sharing a bedroom we’ve got double the toys and double the furniture taking up space in a small room, so this is even more important.
We love to recycle cardboard boxes (especially with plenty of diaper boxes around) into toy storage by wrapping them in pretty wrapping paper or brown paper we can write on. Adding pictures of the contents to each box helped my children learn where to put their toys away. We also created additional storage space with over the door shoe hangers to hold Barbies and Barbie accessories, under the bed storage boxes, and hanging toy nets. Everything stays organized and out of the way which makes me a happy mom.
When kids have too many choices they can become overwhelmed easily. The same goes for their selection of toys. We like to rotate larger toy items which allows a fresh selection of toys from time to time while keeping the amount of toys taking up space to a minimum. Plus, many toys are seasonal, so they don’t need to be a part of a child’s toy collection year round. I have stored seasonal toys in the attic in plastic bins according to season. It’s easy to rotate one bin out for another.
Another way we have found to cut down on toy clutter is by exchanging toys with friends and family. We created a toy exchange with a few cousins and friends, and once a month we hold a toy exchange play date. Each child brings 3 or 4 toys that they no longer find interesting and walk away with a couple new toys. We do the same with dress up and doll clothes. The girls exchange with a couple other girls we know so their selection is always fresh without taking up a lot of space.
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