Last updated on June 12th, 2023 at 06:07 am
From dolls to firetrucks, toddlers have a way of accumulating toys. It starts innocently enough, but these little playthings tend to take over. Before you know it, you’re drowning in a sea of brightly colored toys.
It’s always a problem when toys take over. Too many toys can overwhelm your toddler, so they can’t focus on their play, and your home is a mess. No one is happy.
That’s why it’s important to keep toys under control. Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips to cut back on the toy clutter, reduce stress, and improve how your toddler plays.
As a parent, you want your child to have every toy they want. But that’s not always a good thing. As mentioned earlier, kids cannot focus when surrounded by too many toys in a messy environment.
Limit the number of each type of toy your toddler has available to play with at a time. Stick to a few puzzles, games, maybe a few cans of Play-Doh, etc.
2. Have a Place for Everything
The simple but often overlooked truth when it comes to keeping your space organized is having a place for everything. And it works for your toddler’s toys, too. To keep your home organized, you need to have a place for each of your toddler’s toys.
After you have a place for all the toys in your home, you can focus on teaching your toddler to keep everything in its place.
3. Store Likes with Likes
Grouping similar items is another simple yet effective way to organize your toddler’s toys. For instance, you can store all the animals together in one bin, all the figurines in another, and so on.
Sort through your toddler’s toys to see what items fit together. Grouping similar toys helps keep your space organized and helps your child develop key cognitive skills.
4. Establish Boundaries
Another way to prevent toy clutter in your home is to have a designated area where toys are allowed. In most cases, that’s the playroom, but if you don’t have one in your home, your toddler’s bedroom will do.
Having to navigate a sea of colorful toys in your home office or bedroom can make it difficult to relax or get work done. Ensuring that toys stay or are used in certain rooms or areas of your home can help you avoid clutter.
5. Use Laundry Baskets
Laundry baskets are an easy way to store almost anything in your home and work well for toys. Laundry baskets are especially great for grouping likes with likes. You have a separate basket for dolls, cars, animals, etc.
6. Use Bins and Boxes
If you are going to keep your home free of toy clutter, you will need a lot of boxes. Bins and boxes are super cheap and quite effective at keeping things organized. You can use all kinds of boxes to house your toddler’s toys, including upcycled shoeboxes.
7. Add Wall Hooks
When it comes to storing toys and other playroom items aesthetically, wall hooks are a must-have. You can hang some toys directly on the hooks, such as dress-up clothes, but the smaller toys are put in a wicker basket and hung in the basket.
8. Utilize Under-Bed Storage
Keeping toys organized in the bedroom can be tricky. Are you struggling to organize the toys in your child’s bedroom? Creativity can help you make sure that toys don’t overrun your toddler’s bedroom.
The bed usually takes the lion’s share of the bedroom’s real estate. One way to reclaim this valuable space is by utilizing under-bed storage. For instance, you can use rolling drawers under the bed to stash lesser-used toys.
9. Put Toys in the Closet
Toddlers are known for having little to no regard for clothing. You can use the extra closet room in their bedroom to keep their toys out of sight. You can stow all kinds of toys in the closet, and your toddler probably won’t mind.
10. Hang Toys On the Wall
Don’t forget about the walls; they offer valuable storage space, especially if you are working with limited space. You can use floating shelves, hanging baskets, wall shelving units, etc., to take advantage of the walls and vertical space in the bedroom.
11. Magnetic Knife Strip
When it comes to keeping toys organized, traditional ideas may not always work. Sometimes you have to think outside the box. Creative toy storage ideas and organization techniques will help you minimize the mess.
Does your toddler have a lot of toy cars? You can use a magnetic knife strip to keep toy cars organized in an aesthetic way. All you have to do is mount a magnetic knife strip in the playroom or your child’s bedroom.
12. Diaper Bag
Using a diaper bag is another creative way to stow small toys. A diaper bag works great for storing toys in the bedroom or playroom, but it can also come in handy when you’re going somewhere and need to pack a few toys for your toddler.
13. Use Pouches to Store Puzzles
Keeping puzzle sets organized without losing some pieces can be challenging. A creative way to organize your toddler’s puzzle sets organized is to toss them in pouches. Simply place each set in a puzzle and put it in a drawer.
Drowning In Toy Clutter? Get Rid Of the Mess (and Stress) Today!
Are you tired of having your kid’s toys sprawled out over every available surface in your home? A cluttered home is stressful as a parent, and the mess affects your toddler’s development negatively.
Fortunately, you and your toddler can live in a clutter-free environment. All you have to do is organize your toddler’s toys so they are easy to pack away — and pare things down from time to time. Use the tips and ideas in this article to eliminate the toy clutter in your home.