Once again, if you don’t have kids (or your kids are too old for toys) you get a break today! Use it wisely!
If you do have kids, chances are they have way more toys than you can reasonably tackle in 10 minutes. My advice is to pick a type of toy or one area of toy storage for your organizational challenge today. For this challenge, I focused on the toy rack The Boys have in their room.
Set your timer for 10 minutes, and…
Collect all the toys you plan to sort through in one spot and then get rid of:
Toys your kids no longer play with
Happy meal/cheap-o prize toys (I can’t stand those things!)
Toys with missing parts
Random toy parts missing their toys
Toys that don’t work quite right anymore
Save the gently used and more expensive toys that you no longer want, and find a consignment shop where you can earn a little money re-selling them.
Send the rest to the thrift store, or chuck it if it’s really bad.
Place what you’re keeping back in its proper storage receptacle.
Ready for more? Read on!
If any of your toys are in need of fresh batteries, now’s the perfect opportunity for you to change them.
If your kids have a LOT of toys, consider a toy rotation system: take half (or a quarter or a third) of their toys, box them up and put them in the attic or some other storage area. Once a month or every couple months, pull those toys out of storage and put the rest (or another quarter or another third) in storage. Your kids will have a new collection of toys at least several times a year! We do a modified version of this concept and it works very well to keep the toy clutter down to a minimum.
Take the time to teach your kids about sharing what we’ve been given with others. Have them choose a toy that’s in excellent condition that they can donate to a charity or family in need.
If you need to totally revamp your toy storage, think outside the box: maybe a shallow drawer under the bed, or shelving inside the closet. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s at the right height to be easily accessible for your child.
This is not even remotely outside the box, but I love my kids’ Toy Bin Organizer that I got at a thrift store for $10. It keeps all their loose toys neatly organized by type and readily accessible.