1. Limit the number of toys your child keeps, and sort through and donate or sell items as they grow, especially after receiving gifts for birthdays and holidays. If they are only limited to what they are currently using and what easily fits in a cubby sorter or other area, it will be easier to maintain organization.
2. If an overflow of toys is arriving from grandparents or other family members, discuss with your family members the idea of buying experiences rather than toys. Explain that gifts of trips to the movies, zoo, ball game or museum are more valuable and will create longer lasting memories than another toy.
3. Limit trips to toy stores (or online shopping for toys) to only special occasions, such as holidays and birthdays. If you are buying new toys every week or two, they can quickly pile up and cause clutter.
4.Create boundaries. Designate a certain room or rooms where toys are allowed, such as the child’s bedroom and playroom only. I constantly come across toys taking over master bedrooms or home offices, making it difficult for parents to relax or get work done. Set family rules that toys must stay or be stored in only certain rooms or areas.
5. Add a basket to collect strewn about toys on a daily basis. If toys clutter up common areas such as living rooms frequently, place a basket in that room to collect toys at the end of each day to easily store or return items to their proper storage areas.
7. Label storage containers or bins with photos or drawings of the item, so that even children who are unable to read, can use picture cues to put their toys away.
8. Store toys behind doors by using an over the door shoe organizer. An over the door shoe organizer works well for storing dolls, action figures, cars, arts and craft supplies and small stuffed animals.
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