If you have boys you probably have Lego’s, and if you have Lego’s you have probably stepped on one or two. If you have kids you have toys and probably lots of them. My number one question from clients when we are organizing toy rooms is how to organize the small pieces that come with all the toys? I’ll give you my little secrets on how to make sure your house is not taken over by all the kids toys this summer, especially small toy organization. I also did a fun segment on a local TV show all about this subject with more ideas on how to get organized in the summer with your kids. WATCH STUDIO 5 HERE
2. Lets talk small toy organization like action figures, pet shop characters, barbie and all their tinny accessories. These are the toys that get lost and get scatted all over the room. I like putting all the small things in their own containers here’s why. If your child wants to play with the paw patrol guys then you can get out that one bin. when they are done you can have them clean up the little guys and put the bin back in the closet. One toy at a time sounds like a dream right? it seem like the little kids want it all out but you will be surprised by getting out one toy at a time you child will play with it longer and will learn to put things away before another toy is taken out.
3. use unconventional bins if you don’t have money to buy new ones for your small toy organization. I love the look of a neat and labeled toy closet but some of use don’t have the luxury of buying expensive bins or even having a closet to put it all in. But keeping all the little separated so you can find them is essential. If you have a toy box use large bags that zip like a two gallon baggie or a makeup bag. make sure if you can’t see inside the bag is clearly labeled. By using bags you can easily throw them into one big toy box but they stay separated into their own kind.
4. Another fun idea that cost no money at all is taking large plastic containers from Costco licorish, or the large trail mix containers and using those. Soak off the labels and you have a free instant container. They work best in an area if there are more that one of the same kind. So eat licorish all summer so that you can get organized in the fall with a few free matching containers.
5. How about using your toys to decorate your child’s room. I love getting plastic jar containers, the ones above are found in the bathroom section. Put your small thing in like balls Lego’s game pieces anything that might be colorful and cute on a shelf instant decor and instant cuteness.
6. Most parents store the toys in their kids closets, how about using pantry bins and baskets to make this more effective? I love using the hanging baskets used in pantries for bread but instead i put little Lego’s in plastic divided tool boxes and stack them in the space that is not being used. (the one on the right) The other pantry find that I love is using the clear acrylic bins to store your X-box games in. They can slide on the shelf or be drooped in a drawer and keep the movies separate from the games.
7.what about all the crayons and craft supplies. I also love using a divided lazy-suzan if from mDesign you have lost of craft supplies to store. Not only is cute to look at, it easy to use when its in the middle of the table and all your craft things can be left out on the craft table to use when ever the artistic mind has a big idea, then easily grabbed and put in the craft closet when you are done.
8. What about storing all the little toys in dived dresser drawers. The bottom drawer of a closet is the perfect place to store barbies, games, dolls and their clothes, and yes shoe boxes full of Lego’s. My “How to organize any space” post might help with this as well.
As mom’s we need to think outside the box and use every spare inch to its fullest potential so that we can stay on top of our summer game. Bottom line everything has a place so make sure your kids know where that place is for their toys, especially when it come to the small toy organization that is a bit tricky. See some of my other posts.10 tips to get you organized for life and Steps you take before you get organized.