As a parent, it is essential to set a good example to your kids even with the simple act of storing and organizing your kids' toys. Some parents tend to overlook the fact that their kids' toys also need organizing even when the parents themselves trip over bits and pieces of Lego, a stuffed animal, or a doll. This is clearly a sign that shows you that your kids' toys need to be put away neatly. Here are some helpful tips and ideas you can utilize as you learn how to organize your kids' toys.
- Check for unused extra storage at home. Do you have an extra cupboard, cabinet, shelf, or drawer in your house? If you have an unused storage space lying around at home, you can use it and convert it into a storage or display space for your kids' toys. If you want to, you can even paint it over or design it with something your children will like, and something that will instantly remind them that that specific space is where they could get and store their toys.
- Invest in big, open storage pieces. Big, open storage pieces like baskets, plastic bins, or those lined with fabric are ideal for the kid who almost has every kind of toy imaginable, or just owns a lot of toys. Place these baskets and bins in your kid's room-in a designated spot, inside a closet, or under the bed if it fits. That way, he can just reach in and pick a toy whenever to and put it back easily.
- Use storage pieces with lids. Plastic tubs or containers with lids that can easily lock or snap shut are also ideal in keeping board games, Lego blocks, and other toys with many small pieces and parts. Another ideal alternative to this is decorative or simple boxes stacked one on top of the other. Keeping your kid's toys in containers with lids prevents dust and other dirt from gathering on them and keeps them clean even when not in use for a long time.
- Organize toys by type. When you put your kid's toys into containers, you should also organize them by type. Dolls should be arranged together, small car and truck models should have their own storage, board games should be stacked in one container, shelf, or drawer, etc. Remember to put all related items together so you won't waste time in looking for missing or misplaced parts and pieces.
- Label the storage pieces. This is advisable if you're using big plastic tubs or bins, especially those that aren't made of clear, see-through plastic. To save time in searching for particular toys, you should make a label of the names or kinds of toys and attach the label to the front or right side up of the plastic container. If your kid can already read, make sure he can associate the name or label with the kind of toy. To make it easier for him, you can include a printed picture of the toy on the label.
- Think of storage that goes well with the décor or room. You should also choose containers and storage pieces that compliment the décor, color, design, theme, or look of your kid's room. For example, if your kid has mostly wooden furniture in his room, you can opt to look for a big wooden chest, drawers, or shelves to put up as storage for all kinds of toys. If your kid's room has a fairytale theme, you can have toy boxes with whimsical designs.
Once you start tripping over or slipping on your kids' toys, that serves as a warning that you need to organize and put away his toys neatly. Doing so would set a good influence on your kids and teach them to be responsible and more organized. It could also help prevent minor accidents caused by toys scattered everywhere around the house