In hindsight, I'm a bit ashamed to admit it's taken us so long to get an organizational system in place for the girls' toys.
We had places in the den / playroom for certain things...balls, stuffed toys, books...and I try to rotate toys in and out so there are never too many there at once. Still, there seemed to be quite a heap of toys at any one time.
A couple of weeks ago I bought a small storage bin shelving unit. After the girls were in bed, I assembled it and organized their toys.
They squealed with glee upon seeing it the following morning.
After a little tweaking, our bins are organized as follows:
- blocks and balls
- musical toys
- stacking toys
- electronic toys
- other plastic toys
- soft toys
- books (3)
We still have some toys that don't fit in the bin -- like our building blocks and a few larger balls -- but they have their own places.
I've seen other families label bins to help their children remember what belongs where, and I think it's a great idea...a picture of books / balls / trucks / etc. Since we have a few "miscellaneous" bins [like soft toys], though, I'm not quite sure how I'd capture the contents with a picture.
Nonetheless, I've been so pleased how quickly the girls learned what toys belong in which bin.
Further, they've done a much, much better job at keeping their toys organized. I encourage them to take out only a few things at once, and return them to the bins when they're finished playing. It doesn't always work that way...but sometimes it does!
And the girls seem to be more engaged in clean-up, too, knowing everything has a place.
I wish we had an actual playroom to house all the girls' things, but this system at least makes the den a little more liveable for us as a family.
I'm linking up again today with Julia for her "Mama Loves" series. It's a great way to see what works for other families!