Toys are important for many reasons - but that doesn’t mean they don’t drive you crazy when you constantly trip over them! Having toys take over your space can cause stress and tension, but there are ways to live in harmony with your kids and their stuff.
1. Be Selective
Making your kids happy is important, but you can be picky when doing so. Try to purchase toys that are age-appropriate, not excessively large, and made well. Encouraging family to do the same will keep your toy collection full of items that your kids love and will actually want to play with.
2. Reduce Clutter
No matter how organized you are, too many toys can take over your home. It may sound like a challenge to get your kids to pick toys they no longer want, but there is a trick to doing so! Create an opportunity for them to explain what they enjoy, and then encourage them to donate things that no longer fit the bill. Getting rid of toys they no longer use can help them rediscover the toys they love.
3. Establish “Family Toys”
Some toys, like play dough, would be great to add to a “family toy” grouping that stays in a bin on a top shelf in your home. Adding messy toys to this bin can save you the headache of scrubbing gunk out of your carpet and make them something the kids will look forward to doing with you.
4. Create Boundaries
Even if you don’t have a playroom, establish a place in the house where play is allowed. Let your kids know that toys can be played with in that room, but not in other places. Setting clear expectations for the kids will allow them to enjoy their play time while maintaining your sanity.
5. Make A Place For Every Toy
Forget the toy bin - at least a general one, anyway! When there is no organization, kids will clear out that bin every time to find the toy they’re looking for and your floor will be covered. Instead, buy a group of matching plastic bins and line them up along the wall where your child can easily put away and retrieve toys on his own. Designate a box for each type of toy and make it a fun goal for your kids to keep them in the right spot!