How To Organise Kids’ Toys In The Playroom
An organised playroom with storage solutions for your kids’ toys will make life a whole lot easier.
Unless children’s play areas are organised and easy for them to maintain, there’s a good chance they’ll quickly sink into chaos and the kids will feel overwhelmed and not want to play there – no matter how many toys they have.
Also, kids like to help, and organising toys and games is a great activity to do together. The lessons that come from organising toys include, pride of ownership, counting skills, sorting and grouping skills, and sharing as you together decide to donate what’s no longer used.
Here are the steps to get this done:
1. Set up zones in the playroom
Are they young Picassos? If so, set up a dedicated arts and crafts area; or if they are into imaginative play then create comfortable areas with inspiring accessories to help them. Ensure that all things required for painting or creative play are clearly labelled and located in this area. By ensuring that your children can quickly and easily find the things they need you are actively promoting their creativity and maximising their playtime.
2. Donate some toys to a better home
Some kids have trouble saying goodbye to things that they used to play with (and some parents have an even harder time admitting the passing of time and the need to let toys – and the past – go!). I’ve found the best way to handle this is to start by having your child find the five most important toys that they love, value and play most with. Those won’t be touched.
Then ask your child to find the ten toys he or she hasn’t played with in a long time. Constantly remind them that they’re growing up and that some toys are meant to be played with by much younger children. Explain that these toys are going to go to children who don’t have toys to play with. Kids have big hearts. Show them how good it is to do good. Children respond well to this and even more so if you take them to your local donation centre so they can see for themselves where their toys are headed.
3. Store toys smartly
Stay away from big toy chests. Things generally go in and never come out again. If possible, find a set of organising bins that are kid-friendly and can be arranged at your child’s height. Make them colourful, and label them with both words and also pictures you take with your smartphone and print out. Some of these bins may be labelled “dolls” or “cars and trucks” or “games”, etc. The simpler and more obvious the labels the easier it will be for your child to find (and put away) their toys.
4. Give oversized toys a dedicated space
Make sure that the accessories that are needed for these kinds of things are nearby either in bins kept underneath or on an easy to reach shelf.
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5. Clean up daily
Playtime isn’t over until the toys and games have been put back in their proper areas. Depending on your child’s age will guide you as to how strictly to enforce that rule but it’s never too early to start that idea with your child. It’s a simple rule: if you play with the toys you are responsible for putting them away. Taught early, this is a life lesson that is invaluable.
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Toys that are well maintained and organised will bring much more joy and creativity to your child’s life. While it may sound like drudgery to get your kids’ play spaces in order, I promise you’ll all feel happier about it once it’s done.
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