Sorting and Organising Toys

Sorting & Organising Toys

I sort and reorganise the children’s toys about twice a year, usually after Christmas, and then half way through the year. I’ve just re-done it this last weekend before school goes back for the new term. Below is the step-by-step process I go through:

1. Pull Everything Out

When I’m in the process going through the toys, I remind myself that it gets (much) worse before it gets better. I’m ruthless and pull EVERYTHING out.

organising toys

2. Sort                  

After pulling the toys out, I sort them into groups and the kids help me with this.  I always feel grateful that my children have so many toy options to play with when I see how many toys they have. There are particular toy items that I have found to be a winner for play and I’ve mentioned some of those things here: Products I Rave About.

Featured below is most of the toys in our house, besides stuffed toys which are kept in the bedrooms.

organising toys

3. Store/Give

  • Prioritise toys most played with.
  • Give away items the children don’t need or use.
  • Store some toys and rotate to keep things fresh. I stored toys (like the Little People toys) in a box on wheels in the garage.

4. Solve

I use the opportunity when sorting toys to reassess the play space to see if there are better ways to do things.  Last year I did a playroom project with Howards Storage because our systems weren’t working very well and the new system (with the drawers) is fabulous.   After sorting the toys, the kids and I put them back into the respective drawers and this is what it looks like:

playroom makeover

Toy Station

The toys are stored in general category drawers. I find this helps children find what they are looking for and it helps with packing up too. For example, we keep the play dolls in one, the doll clothes in another; the match box cars and other vehicles, plastic figurines, wooden blocks all in separate drawers.  These particular drawers are part of the elfa system.

elfa storage system -- organising toys

elfa storage system -- organising toys

Artwork

The children produce a lot of artwork, and the fridge isn’t big enough!  I think this is my favourite part of the room, because I love seeing the children’s masterpieces on the walls.  To hang the artwork, I used three Command Hooks and skirt hangers so I can display and change artwork as the children do it and it gives this space a special and varied feel. There are heaps more ideas how to store children’s artwork here.

organising toys -- artwork

displaying children artwork

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Drawing                                       

My children draw most days, and I keep the drawing supplies readily available in a mini bucket turntable. When the kids want to draw, they can grab a bucket, find a comfortable place, and go for it.  Other craft supplies are stored on the bench top in navy & red striped totes.

organising toys

art caddy -- organising toys

Lego

The Lego is kept in Lego storage bricks at the moment (they look really cute and add that splash of colour to the play room).  It’s working for now, but as our Lego collection grows (and grow it does) I will most probably move to a dedicated colour-coded drawers

organising toys -- legoPlay

I find the kids play with new vigour after we reorganise the toys and I enjoy watching and listening to their play.

Organising Toys

More Inspiration

Here are some pictures and links that may help.

Emma’s Toys

Emma uses the Ikea Expedit cupboard to store toys. Read my interview with Emma here: City to Country.

organising children's toys

Rachel’s Toys

Rachel did a beautiful home renovation and below is a picture of her daughter’s room. Read the interview I did with Rachel here: A Room for Everyone.

organising children's toys

Pilgrim’s Toys

I love Pilgrim’s use of colour in her home. It’s just gorgeous! Read the interview I did with Pilgrim here: Home — Bold and Bright.

organising children's toys

Sharron’s Toys

Sharron has a knack of mixing vintage and new items in her home.  I especially love the way she stores the cars. Read my interview with Sharron here.

organising toys

Nicole’s Toys

Read more about how Nicole (Planning With Kids) organises her children’s toys here: Organising Toys.

Organizing Toys

Pinterest Organising Toys Board

If you need more inspiration I have a wonderful collection of pictures and links on my Pinterest Organising Toys Board. Just click here: Organising Toys. And you can repin this particular post here.

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How do you organise toys in your home?

This is the view from my kitchen. It makes me happy and I enjoy having the children play so close to the central hub of the house.

playroom makeover

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10 Tips for Organising Toys 

10 Tips for Organising Children’s Toys

Stepping on Lego pieces HURTS! Kneeling on them is even worse! I love Lego but it’s hard to organise. Since I’m away on a road trip, I’ve been fortunate to have some wonderful people guest post for Be A Fun Mum. This post is from Tim, who writes online articles all about organisation in the home.  I asked him to give me 10 top tips for organising children’s toys and here they are.

10 Tips for Organising Children’s Toys

Guest Post by Tim Riley

Toys present an organisational nightmare for parents. All around the house, toys create clutter and trip hazards.  Life without an accessible and easy to use toy storage solution makes teaching children to put their toys away almost impossible. The following 10 tips for organising your children’s toys can help you find a organisation system that both easy to maintain and simple to use.

1. Define A Play Area

Toys strewn all over the house present an organisational nightmare. It can be useful to have toys in defined areas in the house. Those with large homes can set aside one room as a play area. Those with smaller residences might consider restricting play to bedrooms, and a corner of the living area. When parents contain the proliferation of toys, they take a giant leap toward organisation and provide for easier cleanup.

2. Limit The Number Of Toys In The Home

Children only need a limited number of toys. Further more, too many toys can easily overwhelm even the largest playroom. To reduce the number of toys in the home, begin by eliminating duplicate toys, broken toys and toys that children do not use.

3. Be Realistic About Size

Children like big riding toys, tents, tunnels and play houses, but storage of these toys can become difficult of your home lacks adequate space for them. When you buy a large toy, choose a model that easily disassembles to save space.

4. Sort ‘n Store

Categorise toys by type (Cars, dolls, puzzles, etc.) These sorts of specific and related toys can be stored together rather than dumped into a huge toy box. Doing this reduces clutter while giving children more options when they decide what to play with.

5. Cycle And Schedule Toys

When dealing with a toy surplus, rotate some of them into the shed or garage. This eases storage issues in your living space, while helps create new experiences when the stored toys re-enter the player areas.

6. Use Toy Shelves

Shelves help children see what toys they have. When storage boxes are used, try labeling them with large words or pictures to help children identify their contents. Shelving gets toys and boxes off the floor and usually is an affordable solution.

7. Fast, Easy Cleanup

With busy schedules, sometimes children don’t have time to get all their toys put back at once. For these occasions, try using a laundry basket or blanket as a way to quickly collect toys for later storage.

8. Keep Some Toys Out Of Reach

Puzzles, models, play bricks and other toys with lots of pieces can create a disaster when children take them out at random intervals. Parents can decide if their children have enough time to get out these complicated objects and help prevent getting the pieces mixed up.

9. Establish Rules

Teach children how many toys they can have out at once. This limits clean up and encourages children to finish one activity before starting a new one.

10. Put Safety First

Toys and storage boxes stacked on top of each other can easily tip over and fall. Find ways to keep toys low and use shelves and cabinets where necessary to keep children safe.

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Throughout history, toys have presented organisational challenges in the home. The 10 tips for organizing your children’s toys can help make playtime manageable and fun.

The Author

Tim Riley has been dealing with vacuum cleaner bags for most of his career and writes reviews on products like Bosch hoover bags for a living.

Need More Inspiration?

Here are some pictures and links that may help.

Emma’s Toys

Read my interview with Emma here: City to Country.

organising children's toys

Rachel’s Toys

Read the interview I did with Rachel here: A Room for Everyone.

organising children's toys

Pilgrim’s Toys

Read the interview I did with Pilgrim here: Home — Bold and Bright.

organising children's toys

Sharron’s Toys

Read my interview with Sharron here.

organising toys

Nicole’s Toys

Read more about how Nicole (Planning With Kids) organises her children’s toys here: Organising Toys.

Organizing Toys

Pinterest Organising Toys Board

If you need some inspiration I have a wonderful collection of pictures on my Pinterest Organising Toys Board. Just click here: Organising Toys.

pinterest organising toys / organizing toys

 

How do you organise toys in your home?