Every parent knows that organization skills don’t come to children naturally - they’re learned. When coming up with systems and tools to help organize toys, it’s important that you choose a system that the child will actually use. After all, the goal isn’t to be cleaning up after them forever.
No matter the type or size of the toys, we think that these systems not only help parents organize their child’s collection of toys but are simple enough that the child can learn how to organize on their own. Believe it or not, children love to organize if there are systems in place to do it quickly and easily.
We are going to talk about our favorite toy organization systems that the kids in your household will love as much as the adults.
1. The Toy Box
The toy box is a classic toy organization solution. In fact, it’s one of the items I remember most from my childhood home.
Toy boxes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors making it pretty easy to find one that is the right fit for your home and room.
The beauty of the toy box is that it isn’t an organization “system” at all. When it’s time to clean up, you just throw all the toys in the box. It’s so simple that even very young children can use it.
Some parents might elect to use a toy box in tandem with other systems. For example, the box will be used for large or oddly-shaped toys while more elegant solutions are used for smaller items.
2. Clear Plastic Bins
While a little on the boring side, you might be surprised what a number of clear plastic storage bins can do for a child’s room. You can group up like toys and give each its own bin. Because they are clear it's easy for the child to see where the toy they are putting away belongs.
Using stackable bins of varying sizes can help turn any chaotic room into a functional, organized space. Put the bins on shelves or store them in a closet, the important part is they are easy for the child to access.
Another advantage of using storage bins is that you can teach your little ones to use only one bin at a time. If they want to play with toys from another bin, they will have to put the ones they are playing with back in their bin before opening up another one.
Although these bins can look a little utilitarian, there’s nothing stopping you from decorating and labeling them.
3. Use Toy Displays
Creating a toy storage system that also puts the toys on display allows children to take pride in cleaning up. Once finished, their collection of stuffed animals, Hotwheels cars, or whatever it is they like to play with will be neatly displayed for all to see.
There are several creative storage systems for toys of all different types. Try to find one that works for your home.
Remember, the best toy organization system is the one that your child will actually use on their own. Try to make cleanup a fun process and employ a solution that is appropriate for their age and abilities and you’ll enjoy a cleaner, less cluttered home.