I lasted a few days before all of the toys we already had plus the new toys from Christmas started to feel like too much.
Several times a day, each toy found it’s way piled in the middle of the floor after being played with for a minute, and then the pile migrated to each room.
I decided to box up some of the toys.
- A couple of toys were set aside to donate.
- A few outgrown toys were stored for the next child.
- Some were put away so in a few months they would seem new again.
For the under-three crowd, it’s best to box up their toys when they aren’t around. I took advantage of a couple of hours of being home alone and sorted through the toys. What was Lane’s reaction when she came home and saw that half of her toys were missing?
“Mommy cleaned the room. Let’s play!”
Instead of it being a bad thing to take a child’s toys away, little kids thrive with fewer toys for their attention. Lane was able to focus on her new toys and play with them for a longer time. She had a place to put them away, so they weren’t all over the place.
It’s also good to rotate books, or at least rearrange the bookshelf to keep it interesting.
For more ideas about organizing kids’ toys and books, you might find inspiration in this article which shows how we’ve arranged her room so everything has a place to go.