Anyone have any advice on how to organize kids toys? I have so much, it's overwhelming, and I don't know where to begin.

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Teresa - posted on 03/28/2009

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Buy a few clear containers for each catagory of toys. 1 for cars 1 for dolls etc: Once toys are seperated and placed in containers, take a photograph of one of the objects inside the ie cars container. If you have a scanner you can enlarge the photo and if possbile laminate it. (It is best to take two photo's) one you place on the outside of the box of container, the second you place in your cube container or shelf where you will be storing her toys at the end of the day. This way you can show her where her doll furniture bin is show her the picture on the bin. Place item in bin, show her the other picture on the shelf. Place container back on the same tag on shelf. This is a fun way of tidying up at the end of the day. Children also learn association through actions. Also having containers this way, it is a great way of rotating his/her toys every 3 months to prevent boredom. Hope this was of some help Teresa

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Norma - posted on 03/28/2009

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Putting away half is a great idea because when they come out again it's like new.

Jennifer - posted on 03/28/2009

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As a teacher I know it is very important to put pictures or labels on the containers their toys go in. For instance, the container the doll clothes go in would have a picture of a shirt and say clothes. This not only reinforces what goes in the container with a picture but it will also help with word recognition.

Yolanda - posted on 03/28/2009

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What we found that putting things in plastic totes (clear) worked best! We got most of them at the dollar store (my favorite place). It made it really easy for my daughter to put her things away in the right places. I hope this helps. just remember to make is simple and fun~

Tara - posted on 03/28/2009

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with my kids I divided all the toys into category's so all the toy cars ...alll the train set peices....alll the figurines ...lego...etc...,.and got storage boxes  for all of them .....we have a shelf that has assorted size slots......so we put the bin that fits the slot the best in its slot.....we used to have one that was just a book shelf worked just the same didnt look quite as cool...lol......and I had the kids decorate tags for the bins so that they know whats inside them......so we have hotwheels stickers for the hotwheel box...... spiderman stickers for the tag with the figurines....etc..they had lots of fun doing it and by involving them they are very eager to clean them up , cause they are proud that they know where things go!!!!....but we do have a rule if a box is out they cant take another untill its cleaned up ...works pretty good.....and what a time saver.....and when the boys do the cleaning ..they get to pick a sticker to add to the chart at the side of the toy shelf..under their name...and at the end of the week they can add them to a sticker book ....we have a sheet with their names on them laminated so that the stickers can come off and be put in their sticker books...they think this is pretty cool!!!  dont know if this would work for you ..my guys are still pretty young.....dont know how old yours are.......just another idea

Whitney - posted on 03/28/2009

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I have an almost 2 year old (he'll be 2 on the 16th) and i have a toy box for the big toys like his fire trucks and bigger things like that, and then the toys he uses frequently i have laundry baskets for. one full of stuffed animals that stays in his room and then one laundry basket in the living room so he has toys there too. We have a one level house so he can run to his room and play or play with what's in the basket in the living room and the baskets are nice because for my little guy he has easy access to it and then when he leaves to go visit his dad all i have to do is grab the basket and move it in his room! Hope this helps!

Katie - posted on 03/28/2009

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First going thru them all is the best method.... Have a Keep pile, Give pile, and Garbage pile, anything thats broken which will be more than you think will obviously go into the garbage, anything the kids have grown out of (age category) could be donated, and once you get thru all the piles, you end with a keep pile. Best bet--- throw the garbage pile away right away, and donate immediately. Then the Keep pile.. depending on the sex or if you have a play room... make bins or baskets with categories, dolls, trucks, lego, dressup, etc. Yes everytime they play it will become a mess over and over but they have no excuse to put their stuff back into the right basket which creates= Organization.



I hope that helps.

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I would start by trying to see what you have. Set it all out and put sets together, anything that you no longer have all of the pieces for, get rid of them. We have a designated place for all toys (ours are in his room). Then sort them by types (cars, blocks, animals, etc.) I use one of the shelves from Target that have 4 shelves with different sized colored bins on them. I sorted them and he knows if he gets one out that he has to put it back. Plus he has a couple that stack that I got at the DollarTree that set right beside that. The things that won't fit in the bins we either put on the bottom shelf of his book shelf or in the floor in an out-of-the-way spot. I always go through his toys when he's not home and take out what I know he doesn't play with. If he doesn't ask for it within a week, it goes to the yard sale pile in the basement. We can't afford to buy toys very often, so he only gets new ones for holidays (his birthday and Christmas and occasionally other holidays that grandparents will get him something) and some smaller ones while he was potty-training as rewards. I've had this system since he was old enough to sit up and play and he knows where everything goes. I never have to help him clean up because he knows if it's not in the right place when he's done or if he refuses to pick it up, it goes into his closet for a little while. I hope this helps!

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clear pastic shoeboxes are great to start with for grouping items- the kids can see what is in them (trains, cars, legos, dolls, etc)
baskets for the "bigger" stuff- I go thru every so many months or before "gift holidays" and see what hasn't been used in awhile and save special items or "classic toys" for next baby or donate or sell at second hand store. that way new stuff comes in - there is room. Also- if kids are little you can always "sneak" away some of the new stuff and bring out during a "dry spell" during the yr.

Deborah - posted on 03/28/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

Anyone have any advice on how to organize kids toys? I have so much, it's overwhelming, and I don't know where to begin.




Hi Jennifer;



When my kids were little and had an over abundance of toys I just sorted them into preferred age groups then their favs and put things they had outgrown into a box for keepsakes and the rest went to more unforunate kids. The things that they were to young for I boxed up until they were.



 

Amy-Julien - posted on 03/28/2009

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I do the same thing my Fiance organised it we have  plastic bins and we seperate and we just moved so we gave away alot of toy to a local day care they always need things so that way we kept  all his favorit toys and gave away the toys that  he doesn't  play with



 

Anita - posted on 03/28/2009

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u need to sort the toys u want to keep which u may want for future kids...store them away in boxes and into the garage it goes and for the soft toys u can buy the space bags to put them in, keeps them dust free for storage...the ones u dont want anymore can be recycle either by giving away or sell at the markets...for the toys they still play with the ikea tubs for storing toys or shelves for books are rally great...its really useful aslo to rotate the toys they play with every os often so that they dont get bored...

Delynn - posted on 03/28/2009

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You pick certain toys that you think they don't play with.  If they don't ask for them in two weeks they probably don't even realize that they are there any way.  Take the toys to a thrift shop and use the money to do fun things with your children. Just don't buy more toys with the money.

Melissa - posted on 03/28/2009

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Our rule is, if they want a new toy, they have to give an old toy of same size or quantity to charity.



Birthdays & Xmas are different of course!



My son had one huge toy box, and not all his toys fit, and his room was ALWAYS a mess. We bought 2 sets of plastic cube drawer towers from the local cheap shop, and he helped us sort out each drawer. One for cars, one for building blocks, one for action heros etc etc - now when he plays with his toys, he gets out the drawer he wants, and he has learnt to put them away when he is finished, otherwise we come through with a garbage bag and confiscate the toys left on the floor. It has made him appreciate his toys more, and his room is much more organised & tidy!

Marsha - posted on 03/28/2009

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I feel the same way. I buy the big rubber maid containers & put the big stuff in there, sometimes I add by if there are soft & hard then I have another cubby system for the smaller stuff

Christine - posted on 03/28/2009

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i have this very same problem.  after 11 kids, we have amassed quite a few toys---and we have periodically gone through and thinned them out.  i have bought containers for different sets of toys, but the kids won't put them back in the containers and pretty soon everything is all mixed up.  i walk into the playroom, get really frustrated, and turn around and leave.   i know i need to get rid of more, but i don't know what to get rid of.



my youngest will fill up bags and boxes and purses with anything and everything----we once found our extra car key in one of her purses that had been missing for some time.   i keep trying to tell her she is not to play with things that are not toys---but obviously she thinks everything is a toy.



the clutter piles of toys in corners of the house are a constant source of irritation for me.

Mariluz - posted on 03/28/2009

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As a mom of an 8 year old, I usually just recycle the toys she no longer wants or just give them away by letting her know of course. 

Emily - posted on 03/28/2009

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I recently bought one of those "cube shelves" from Target. Kind of like a bookshelf, but there's 9 separate squares. I bought slide out baskets to go in the bottom squares, the middle squares are for books, and the top squares are for houseplants :) And it was only $40!



You can also try and 'cycle' your toys. Put half of her toys away in a closet for a few months, and bring them out again. They'll be like brand new to her.

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