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Let’s face it. Your home changes when you have kids. As much as you try it seems as though you can’t stop toys from taking over.
Why companies insist on making kids toys out of bold and obnoxious colourful plastic I will never fully understand. However, it is what it is.
You have a kid and all of a sudden your home starts filling up with all colours of the rainbow. And it fills up fast…like really fast.
It is great to have toys for playtime, but they seem to come from all directions and if you’re not careful, they can begin to dominate your home.
I’m all about letting kids be kids but I also love tasteful home decor. How do you strike a balance? Here are my tricks:
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3 Tips to Stop Toys from Taking Over Your Home
The first part of managing toys and preventing them from taking over is to invest in proper storage.
Half of the mess in our homes could be dealt with if we only had decent storage solutions.
I’m a storage geek. Like, I’m the girl you find standing in an aisle of storage containers for 30 minutes just imagining all the options.
Storage makes my life better. It makes cleaning up easier and consequently helps de-clutter my ever (over) thinking mind.
I address toy storage just like any other area of my home. I want it to be aesthetically pleasing, as well as practical. It needs to function well.
My kids are currently 3-years old and 19-months.
I’ve tried a few different options, but my favourite by far is just a giant toy chest. Although, mine was originally used as a hope chest. Regardless, it is big enough to fit a decent amount of toys in and looks really nice.
It is also super easy for my kids to clean up.
Another reason it is my favourite is that my kids can’t tip it over. They can only take out a certain amount of toys at a time.
So. much. better.
We use the chest for the majority of toys and then we have a couple of smaller containers to hold my son’s car collection and duplo.
Toys build up quickly. They also get broken, and kids outgrow things. In order to stop toys from taking over you need to consistently purge.
I tend to purge after birthdays and Christmas. This makes sense because my kids get a whole bunch of nice, new toys and are ready to move on from others.
How many toys do your kids need? Not nearly as many as you think.
Some people like to use a rotation system. I think that’s great, but I’m too lazy to implement it.
Our rule is that the toys have to fit in the toy chest (barring the big stuff like the play kitchen). We biff broken toys and donate ones that aren’t being played with anymore.
I’ve found overtime that I naturally go through the kid’s toys about every 3 months. In all honestly, the act of purging works about as well as a rotation system.
I always have the children help alongside me and as they’re helping they discover toys they had forgotten about.
Purge days always end up with the children playing with their toys moreso than others.
Less is more. In this case, less toys will mean your children will play with the ones they have all the more. And you’ll stop toys from taking over your home in the mean time.
I got this tip from Kristyn (Lil’ Luna) who shared it on her Insta stories. Personally, I think it is brilliant.
As a rule, we don’t pick up the toys until the end of the day. Otherwise, we’d be doing it all day long. However, I was finding that it was getting to the end of the day, the kids were in bed, and the toys were still all over the playroom floor.
So, I started implementing Kristyn’s technique and it has worked well.
We set aside a specific time (6:30 pm) that the kids have to go and pick up the toys in their playroom. The kids expect it and understand that it is part of the routine. It is also easier for me to remember because again, it is just part of the routine. Like so many things, this needed to be intentional or else it just wasn’t going to get done.
** Just a little update on our cleaning-up method. I found our kids were just too tired (and so was I!) to have clean-up time so late in the day.
So, our new routine is that we do the big clean up around 11:30 am just before I get the kid’s lunch.
After lunch is nap time and although they might play with their toys a little in the afternoon, they don’t tend to take out nearly as many.
This strategy is working really well for us and means that the house stays fairly tidy throughout the day.
Those are the tips that have helped to stop toys from taking over our home.
Is my house always tidy? No. Is there the odd obnoxiously bold coloured toy left out now and again? You better believe it!
However, for the most part, our home looks like a family home, not a play centre. 🙂
Until next time!
Hi! I’m Christine. I am a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!
Motherhood has always been my passion and blogging has only added to that and given me a creative outlet to share about the things I love.
As my blog has grown, my desire to share the knowledge of what makes my life less stressful, simplified, and more fulfilled has become one of my driving forces.
I have a heart for mothers that feel as though they are just existing from day to day and are longing for more. You can find out more about me and my family over on my ‘About Me‘ page.
As well as the abundance of posts you’ll find on my blog, you can also find me over at Today Parenting.