Happy 2012! Well, it’s that time again. A new year and the time to take on those challenges that some call ‘resolutions’. First on my list to resolve, a makeover for our toy room. And if you have kids, I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about. You might not have a specific toy room, but I am positive that the problem remains the same for every family with children, what to do with all the toys.

One of my biggest tasks since having my oldest son, ten years ago, has been all the toys and where to keep them. Then we had two more kids, which resulted in more toys for both genders. Barbie’s, cars, trains, dolls, coloring books, play food, capes, etc. I am sure you are nodding your head in agreement with me. There has to be a solution for this problem, right?

Well, finally after many different configurations and trial and error, I have found my happy with the toys in our house. Here is what I did:

  1. Sorted through all the toys and separated toys that were broke or missing parts. This would also be the time to get rid of any non-age appropriate toys, such as baby toys. You can choose to donate, sell them on Craigslist, or throw them away.
  2. Sort the toys that you are going to keep into groups. So, all the vehicles go together, all the balls, all the babies, etc.
  3. I purchased cube units and containers that fit in each cube. (We ended up spray painting the bins we had.)
  4. Each group of toys got their own bin and I then took a picture of the contents of each bin.
  5. I printed the pictures onto card stock and then had them laminated.
  6. I used sticky back round Velcro to affix the picture labels to each bin or the spot where each goes, so now all the toys have a ‘home’ and the kids know exactly where to put them.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much easier this has made clean up time around our house. So, if you’re looking for a solution to all those toys around your house, try this method and I promise that you will find peace living amongst all the toys in your house!

Cube units can be found at Target, Lowes, Home Depot and Pottery Barn Kids.

Bins or containers for each cube can be found at Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Pottery Barn Kids and a variety of other home goods stores.

You can find toy replacement parts on each toy manufactures website.

Consider donating your used toys to Safe Nest or Big Brothers Big Sisters. They will even come and pick them up from your house.

Sticky back Velcro can be found at Wal-Mart or Jo-Ann’s.

 

What is the one room in your house you wish your “Organizing Fair Godmother” would come and wave her wand over for you?

Vegas Blogger Abigail of LovinOurChaos.com

 

Me? I am Abbie from Lovin’ Our Chaos. I am mom to my 3 kids and affectionately know as ‘Babe’ to my hunny.  Our chaotic life is filled with faith, family and friends and I love it! Lovin’ Our Chaos is where I share the passions of my life, including big bows, lots of bling, feathers, crafting {diy} projects, simple meals, my thoughts on life and the adorable spawn of Mr. Chaos and myself.  Come and hang out, I promise you will enjoy and love our chaos!

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