Continuing on from 7 Steps to Organized Toys and Happy Kids: Part 1
Here are 5 Quick Tips on how to be successful with a Toy Rotation System:
- Decide. It’s up to you (and your play space capacity) to decide how deep to populate each of the 7 categories within a given
Rotation Set, but I’d caution you to really whittle down to the best of the best here and donate anything else. Do the box/store thing for any items you’re worried will be missed. If you don’t pull them within a few months, donate them. And for those most hated toys they’ll miss, you may want to remove the batteries and use this reorg as a reason to point out “oh bummer, it’s broken” knowing that the fib helps your sanity. Or just live with that awful electric guitar that resembles a maimed animal’s cry—your choice ?
- Kid Cleaning Ritual. Have your children put away things at least at the end of each day using labels on your storage bins, shelves and baskets as a guide. Even little ones can put toys away easily & quickly if you print out pictures to post on storage spots. I also do a final tidy at the end of each day that takes me between 2-5 minutes.
- Include Kids if Possible. Depending on the temperament of your child & how easily they’ll part with toys, you can include them in this process or at least part of it. I had Reina help with the stuffed animals per each theme and asked her to choose her favorite 5 stuffies beyond the special rabbit she sleeps with. I then added 1-3 additional per rotation theme based on quality, variety of sizes and style. The rest went into a storage bin. If she asked for them within 6 months, they could be swapped in for others and if
not, they were donated.
- Purge at Key Times of the Year. Try going through toys with your kids before the holidays and their birthday. Tie the purge in with giving to kids that would treasure the hand-me-downs.
- Give Gifts Wisely. When you or your spouse consider gifts for holidays & other occasions, really think through what you already have before getting more toys and give items that fill voids in the assortment—not ones that you favor (ahem…Steven & Legos). Maybe an experience gift might be better? A day of sledding/skiing or a Movie Night will likely be more meaningful for everyone.
Featured Photo by Angela Carlyle