There is no perfect way to de-clutter your toys, let’s face it. They’re always going to be there and they’re never going to be pleasing to the eyes, however, these tips can make everything look and feel way more organized!
- Bins are your best friend. You can never go wrong storing all of your kids’ toys in bins. The type of bin really doesn’t matter but you can find cheap ones at Walmart, Goodwill, and other thrift stores. Organize your bins into categories. (One for legos, one for Barbies, one for balls, etc).
- Washi tape makes everything cuter. Label your bins or boxes with cute washi tape and sharpies. Not only will this help you stay organized, it’s a good reading tool for your kids! If they’re just learning to read, they’ll learn pretty quickly what “Hot Wheels” or “Dolls” looks like when you tell them to put their toys away in specific bins.
- Tote bags are a good alternative to bins or boxes. You could place these on hooks on the wall to keep them off the floor and out of the way. They could also end up being a lot cheaper than bins.
- If your child is too young to read, putting cute pictures on the storage container could help, too! For example in the bin where you want the stuffed animals kept, simply print out a picture of one or more stuffed animals and attach it to the basket/bin/etc.
- Mini chalkboards are not only super cute, but can be used as a labeling technique as well. This is also a good idea if your bins and storage containers are constantly changing. If your Lego bin fills up and you have to move all of the Legos to a bigger bin, you can simply erase the chalkboard and relabel it.
- Mason jars work for pretty much any type of DIY you’re thinking of making, let’s be honest. For this purpose, though, they work well as arts and craft supply holders. You could even hot glue some together to form a pyramid and use each one for something different (markers, crayons, colored pencils, pens, erasers, washi tape, glue, yarn) the list really is endless.
- Laundry baskets are a good option to use as storage, too, especially for bigger toys. Decorate it a little and maybe add a “Toys” sign to make it less laundry-like.
- Crates with wheels are genius. The kids can roll out whatever crate they decide to play with and then put the toys back inside when they’re done. This option is obviously a little more expensive than the others but it can be effective in getting the kids to pick up after themselves since the crate is with them!