Both of our children already have so many toys between them and yet we still seem to be collecting more. We all do it, we’re all guilty of over purchasing to some extent, and we’re all guilty of letting all the toys stack up, both old and new, most of them getting forgotten about. We live in a throw away world nowadays and yet we sometimes find ourselves never throwing anything away.
Children can have so many toys, most of which just never get regularly played with. Then what happens? They end up at the bottom of a pile never to be seen again, or sometimes they don’t even make it out the box.
To prevent the dreaded waste of toys I have put together a few tips to help you organise toys so your child may never get bored with what he or she plays with. Lets face it, there are always going to be toys that our children will always look to play with and favoured over others but if we learn to alternate them then it may prevent them getting bored of them.
In my eldest sons room we have bought two IKEA shelving units and storage boxes. In each box we have separated his toys into categories. So for example in one box we have a collection of cars and trucks, another has his dinosaurs, or another has jigsaws. We have a total of 8 boxes in his room as well as other overflow plastic storage boxes that we keep in the garage, which house his Lego and train set collections.
Every day we will get a different box out from his bedroom and bring it downstairs for him to play with. Its a great idea for young children, as we all know attention spans aren’t great so having something different to play with each day should help. This way every toy that they own should then at least be played with at some point and not left to gather dust somewhere. Then as your child grows out of toys or gets new toys; you could donate your toys to a charity and add the new toys to the box.
Make use of all the dead space you can. A layered sliding storage can be especially made for the under-bed area or you can just put things in a handy boxes under the bed, we bought a handmade bed that was made to our specification, rather than bunkbeds I opted for a cabin bed with built in wardrobe, cubby hole and plenty of storage.
storage boxes and IKEA cubes are brilliant for storage, these are easy to build and stack up and Zach can get a box out when he wants, each box has been categorised rather than everything being put in and mixed together.
Up on the rod
Here I found an old rod in the garage which I attached to the bed and it made a perfect place to hand all of Zachs dress up clothes.