Organizing New Toys
The organizing process almost always requires removing items that are no longer needed. Most children and some adults have too many toys and many are rarely used. Consider removing now those that are no longer useful, that have become obslolete, those that have been outgrown, and those that are broken or in need of parts or repair. aking the time now to make space for the new items coming into the house this month will make the task of organizing after the holidays much easier.
This is also an excellent time to teach children to share and also make room for more appropriate items. Those that are in good condition can be taken to local charities or thrift shops. Taking pictures of the children with some of their favorite but no longer needed toys is a good way to remember the good times without all the clutter. And don't forget about the entertainment and hobby items no by adults. Replaced televisions, VCR, sport equipment, etc. and be removed and donated to make more space in the home and provide items for others less fortunate to enjoy.
Once the purging has been completed there should be space for the new things. The novelty of those will demand the most convenient space in the house for a while, but there should be a place reserved for them when the newness has gone. One general rule is to make children's toys easy to put away but more difficult to get out. Books are a good example of this. Those that are stored upright on a shelf are easy to pull out but more difficult to put back in order. A better choice would be to store them in a dishpan, bucket, tote, or basket. This makes the child look for the book he wants but will be easy for him to drop back in when he is done with it.
Actually most toys can be kept in open bins arranged on shelves and labeled so tht clen up is easier. Picture labels can be used for toddlers and large word labels for children learning to read. Hanging pockets and plastic stacking drawers are good choices for small toys such as doll clothes, matchbox cars, tain pieces and legos. Some special toys as well as CDs, DVDs and other collections can be stored in attractive boxes or baskets on higher shelves where adults but not children can access them. Other storage options are over the window shelving to display collectible toys, corner nets to hold stuffed animals, and totes on wheels to transport toys that can be taken to other rooms temporarily.
We learn from toys but they should be limited to the space available. Learning to live with limits is a good strategy for all of us and it makes keeping things organized much easier, too. If you need help with organizing tasks or have questions or comments, you may contact us through our web site: www.OrderlyPlaces.com or by email: maryfrances@OrderlyPlaces.com.