Wednesday, May 30, 2007

WFMW - Toy Storage

With three girls in our house and many generous grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc, you can imagine the thrilling (read: obscene) amount of toys in our humble abode.

Other than the usual clearing out of toys they no longer play with, or things that are broken I use several strategies for keeping the toy land in order.

Like things are stored together. Polly Pockets in a labeled clear Rubbermaid container, Fisher Price Dollhouse in another clear Rubbermaid container, Play food in another clear Rubbermaid container... (see a pattern?) This is important because the containers just become glorified junk drawers if the kids are allowed to put anything anywhere.

Seriously, I think clear Rubbermaids or Sterilite boxes are one of the greatest things ever invented. They're lightweight, easy to label (or to change the label when needed) and easy for the kids to see inside if they can't read the label.

I have several other strategies for toy related issues but clear boxes are definitely tops in my book. (I can't give all my strategies in one post lest I run out of things to blog about!) 

Check out other great Works for Me tips at Shannon's place: Rocks in my Dryer.


Anne-Marie said...

Great idea...I love the clear containers, and the kids toys in this house definitely need some good organizing! I got the big flat clear bins at Christmas to store each race track that the relatives generously bestowed upon grandsons/nephews, and they work great, store under the bed. Now, to work on all the other stuff!


Amy said...

I was just could also use a photo or a drawing to label the container for the younger kids.

Thanks for sharing your process.

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Great tip. We do something similar, and to top it off, they're only allowed to have one bit out at a time. Cause I can't have Polly getting together with Barbie and planning a coup!

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