Toy Rotation for Better Use & Organization

We had so many toys in our playroom after Christmas. Emerson wasn’t even playing with them as there was just too much clutter. After a month of looking at it, overwhelmed by the project that was in front of me, I decided it was time to reorganize our playroom and implement a toy rotation. Here are my tips for better use and organization in your playroom:

Step 1: Three Storage Bins

You will need three designated bins – rotation toys, donation toys, and broken toys. I personally love using clear bins for storage in my house. Although all my bins are labelled, I like to be able to visually see what toys are inside the bin. Important – make sure you store your rotation toy bin in a place that is out of sight and reach from your kiddos. You don’t need any unnecessary meltdowns.

Step 2: Pull All of the Toys Out

Next, you will need to pull the toys out into one area to see what you are working with. This will feel overwhelming, and it makes starting a toy rotation seem daunting, but it isn’t that bad. Trust me!

Step 3: Group Like Toys

Now that you can see the toys (oh wow, I forgot about that toy!), you can start to group like toys. I can’t even begin to tell you how many of our toys with multiple pieces were found in various toy bins in our playroom. No wonder Emerson couldn’t play with half of his toys – he couldn’t find the pieces!

Step 4: Trim Down – Broken Toys & Donation Toys

First and foremost, the obvious would be to take out the broken toys. Your kids have used them, loved them, and now you can do without them. Second, what toys have your kids outgrown? These toys would be great to donate. If they are still in good condition, someone else will put them to use! If you feel the toy is of value and that is the only reason you might still be holding onto it, try to sell it. You are more likely to part ways with it if you see some value in return. But get rid of it – it is no longer serving a p      urpose, except accumulating space and dust!

Step 5: Rotation Toys

Once you have the toys you will be keeping, you will need to decipher which toys will be staying in your designated toy area, and which toys will be going on hiatus for a little break as part of the toy rotation. Put your rotation toys in your clear bin for storage.

Step 6: Organization Hacks

Implement a few organizational hacks to keep your playroom more organized daily. Clear Zip & Seal File Folders are great for storing kids puzzles. Display them neatly using a Pot Pan Drying Rack from the Dollar Store! Laundry bags with drawstring make great storage for larger kids puzzles, or toys with multiple pieces (i.e. Mr. Potato Head). See photos for reference.

Step 7: Create a Toy Display

I chose to remove a few bins from our playroom storage unit to intentionally create a Toy Display. This Toy Display can include educational, skill-based toys, or simply a few of your kiddo(s) favourites. I opted to do a bit of both. I found once Emerson could visually see his toys that were no longer enclosed in bins, he was drawn to these toys specifically and more engaged in play.

Step 8: Rotation Frequency

Finally, rotate the toys from your rotation storage bin at an interval best determined by you. You know your little one(s) best and it will be apparent when they are starting to lose interest in their current toys. If so, it’s time to switch it up!

I hope you find these tips useful, and you too can enjoy a more engaging and organized playroom!

Love Always,

Laura

 

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  1. Jean Webster
    January 26, 2020 / 11:27 am

    Love the idea of clear rigid-sided zips you used for puzzles. Even better than zip-lock bags if your budget allows.

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