Do you feel like you’re organizing your children’s toys all day/every day? I DO. Please say I’m not the only one. They are never-ending, always a mess, and keeping them tidy is a task best left to those with indispensable energy (ahem, not me). But recently, I learned three AMAZING simple rules that have changed our playroom lives. And they keep our children INDEPENDENTLY ENGAGED with their toys way more than they ever did previously. Is it magic? Maybe. But what I’ve really learned is that we, as parents, tend to overthink it. Less is more.
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One of those magical tips includes only setting out 6-10 toys in your child’s playroom at a time, and rotating them every week or so. Welp, I don’t know about you, but we have WAY MORE than 6-10 toys. So I had to get creative. And fast… or else toys would consume our home.
Organizing Your Children’s Toys
I break down our entire process (in simple steps for you) as part of my How to Build a Home That Creates Independent Play E-Course. But if you’re ready to go now, then I recommend ordering some plastic tubs, I love THESE and THESE, (because they’re affordable and come in good sizes), then editing and printing out my FREE printable toy labels, and getting to work!
While this system is far from perfect, IT WORKS, and our toys are nice and organized. I know where everything is and how to get to it quickly, which makes rotating toys a breeze. Which means my children are engaged and happy, without screen-time, and I don’t have to stress while trying to unload the dishwasher or fold laundry or drink some coffee in peace, or answer some emails. PRAISE.
Adding Free Printable Toy Labels
Before getting started, I created some simple printable toy labels for myself with toy groupings that I knew we already had and needed a home for, like animals, music & movement, etc. Then I printed out some blank toy labels as well and grabbed a marker. As I went through all of our toys and organized them into groups, I used the labels to keep like groups organized. To grab your own printable toy labels, click the link below to take you to Canva. You will be shown a template for editing your own labels. Here you can change the text and the design in the background. If you’re not sure how to edit the text in Canva, check out this helpful article!
Want to learn more about supporting your children? Find their age, below
Less than one-year-old?
My Activities for Infants product is perfect for you. It’s never too early to start working with your child. This packet contains monthly activity ideas, from ages 0 to 12-months-old, that are extremely age-appropriate and will help your little one grow developmentally and intellectually.
Learn more about developing your child’s Independent Play skills with my How to Build a Home that Encourages Independent Play for All Ages e-course. This e-course goes in-depth on how to create, organize, and manage a playroom, without breaking the bank. I also provide tips for how to support your child in independent play, so they’re more likely to play by themselves and let you do what you need to do!
16 months old or older?
My Play-Based Toddler Homeschool Curriculum begins at 16-months-old and focuses on learning through play. There are daily “lesson plans” that help you guide your child through weekly themes and activities. The resource encourages children to play independently after your initial introduction so you can make sure you’re meeting all of your child’s developmental needs and you’re still able to accomplish all that you need to accomplish with work and around your home.