Tips to Organize Toys

Taming the Toy Monster in Your Child's Room!

Here are some simple tips to organize toys in your child's bedroom or playroom.

  • Toy boxes are too large for kids to be able to find what they want without pulling everything out of the box. Instead of using one large toy box, why not use several medium size boxes that can be organized by the style of toy. Lidded storage stools are a great choice for this because they work double duty as storage and seating.
  • Keep a tote box or basket filled with books next to your child’s bed for easy access to favorite bedtime stories.
  • Organize toys by arranging them by category and storing them in colorful dishpans or see through plastic bins. Place the containers on bookshelves where kids can easily reach them.
  • Attach a hanging shoe bag to the back of the bedroom or closet door for the storage of small toys. The compartments are great for storing Barbie dolls and accessories, toy cars, crafts, legos and all sorts of stuff. You can even attach pictures or labels to each pocket so your child will remember where each toy goes.
  • One option for storing stuffed animals is a large laundry basket or a lightweight fabric laundry hamper. 
  • A stuffed animals toy hammock is the perfect solution for housing your child's stuffed animal collection.
  • Toys that need to be used with adult supervision should be stored in an out of reach location. A locking footlocker limits access to them but can also be used as a playing surface when you are ready to use the toys.
  • If using bins to store toys, be sure to label each bin with its contents. You can also attach a picture to the front so that even young children will know where their toys should go.
  • Choose bins with easy to lift lids or no lids at all so children can put away or retrieve their toys easily.
  • Only keep a certain number of toys out at one time. Store the rest and rotate the toys every few months. The stored toys will seem new again when they are returned to the playroom.
  • To prevent toy overload, consider giving away an older toy that is no longer used or enjoyed whenever your child receives a new game or toy.
  • Don’t keep toys or games that are missing parts and pieces. Place the toys and games in a box and set a reasonable date for the missing pieces to be found. If not found by that time get rid of them.

For more organizing tips for your kids: Back to School Organization Tips

For more ideas on organizing your home go to: Home Organization Tips

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