As a mom of three picking up toys is something that I do every day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I would love to tell you that I am one of those moms who refuse to accumulate toys. I admire the idea, actually, that each kid would have a few favorite toys and beyond that they have to use their imagination. However, I have to admit that I am nowhere close to that. We easily have enough toys to supply a daycare and it seems I always have an influx of CRAP…I mean wonderful educational, meaningful toys.
We recently completed an attic remodel to house all of these wonderful toys. I partnered with Hefty to bring you this post and I definitely could have used John Cenas’ strength carrying every single toy we own upstairs. We have a lot of toys that I obviously did not want to carry one by one but I also didn’t want to buy expensive bins just to relocate. Hefty did the job because not only do they have tear resistant technology but now they are cheaper than their competitor. On top of that new low price is a $1 off coupon, making it even cheaper. Works for me!
So after grabbing your Hefty garbage bags, consider these tips to organizing your toy room.
If your child hasn’t played with a toy in 6 months chances are they aren’t really interested. I explain to my kids ages 3 through 7 that there are kids all around them who are less fortunate and sharing their toys will make those kids very happy. Of course, I sneak a few extra toys to give away but for the most part I ask for their support. I challenge them to pick out toys they don’t use and that another little boy or girl would enjoy. Sharing and being mindful of others is a good lesson to teach early.
My family is sometimes appalled at the things I will throw away and I admit I get a little carried away sometimes. However, if you have toys with broken or lost pieces now is a good time to trash it. If the toy isn’t working properly then your kids are less likely to play with it. This is not Santa’s workshop. I have no need for broken toys.
Group similar toys.
This is another way that Hefty garbage bags came in handy. As we sorted through toys we grouped them into their designated bag. The kids helped drag them upstairs where we organized into bins and shelves. Our toy room is “in progress” right now but I would highly suggest buying tubs/bins for the smaller items like Lego blocks, doll accessories, toy cars, etc. The more organized you are the easier it will be for your kids to pick up. Labeling is key for kids old enough to read. My younger two can’t read yet but because we have a “place” for each toy they have learned where to put things.
I would highly suggest that you make donating or trashing unwanted or broken toys a regular occurrence. This allows for two things. First, it keeps your job of sorting through the toys less daunting. Once a year is not often enough in this house. It would take me days to get through everything! But if I do this several times a year I can easily finish in several hours. It also prepares your children for the process. Kids usually adapt to routines easily. If they know ahead of time that we are going to donate/trash some of their toys and that they have a say about which ones, they are more likely to comply. Now of course I don’t need their permission but the idea is not to upset them but to teach them about sharing and responsibility.
Nightly Clean up.
As you may have read in “How to Clean Your House with Messy Kids”, we have a nightly clean-up routine. Some nights we channel our Mary Poppins and make a game of it. The key is to stay on top of the mess.
The kids actually enjoyed toy clean up this time around. As you can see we tested out the drawstring strength. I have such cute helpers.
And after clean up time we celebrated with a game of sack races. Hefty has all kinds of unique ideas for crafts on their blog. My daughter loved the smell and I have to say Hefty Ultra Strong Clean Burst is my favorite. After the sorting and playing the bags were still intact so back in the cabinet they go to be used later.
Be sure to grab your $1 off coupon and let me know if you have any unique ways to use your Hefty Bags. As soon as I finish the toy room I’ll post before and after pictures. I’d love to hear your tips for keeping a clean toy room. You can never have too many tips and tricks for tackling the ever growing mound of toys.