Ah yes — it’s time for our annual Toy Inventory and Organizing bout. We like to go through everyone’s clothes and toys every few months and take stock — has it been broken or outgrown or just been found boring? Have we somehow accumulated a bunch of cheap toys from dentist visits and McDonald’s outings and birthday parties? With four kids of different ages and two different genders, we’re always evaluating and trying to keep our chaos to a minimum.
So I love these 15 ideas for organizing kids’ stuff:
-If you’ve only got half an hour, try this Easy Toy Organization Idea and get one area at a time under control quickly.
-If you need to do some more in-depth organizing and purging, check out The Great Toy Purge I did a few years ago. I went over what we kept and tossed (or donated), the supplies we needed to get organized, and gave you some ideas on how to organize All The Stuff. Also — some good tips on why and how we got our kids involved.
-Speaking of putting the kids to work, Jen at IHeartOrganizing has some great ideas on how to get kids involved in organizing their stuff on an ongoing basis. As a mom of three boys, she’s got some tried-and-true methods for spaces that look kid-friendly but are still all classy and grown-up-like.
-Our craft cabinets seem to be one of the hardest to keep under control, with all those little crayons and markers and paint that ends up on my wall when I’m not looking (yes, kids. I know exactly which one of you did it.) Sarah at An Inviting Home has 6 tips for organizing a kids’ craft space and does a great job of showing how to keep art supplies accessible for older kids while keeping them out of the hands (and mouths!) of younger babes.
-I love PopSugar’s 19 Storage Solutions for Kids’ Books. The most practical is probably the cable spool bookcase, but my fave is the $900 book tree. A girl can dream…
-And Anne at Left Brain Craft Brain came up with a solution to one of those little, annoying problems that seem to plague us more than they should — how to corral all the different kinds of tape that seem to show up with a DIY PVC tape dispenser (you’re welcome, washi tape fanatics. You know who you are.)
Happy Organizing, my friends! If you have any more ideas, I’d love to hear them in the comments below. And don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter and get a free printable — “31 Ways to Connect With Your Kids.”