45589231 - very many kids toysIt’s Holiday season, and you know what that means! You’re going to have a few new additions to your toy closet. We’re sorry, did we say a few? We mean a shipload.

Though holiday gifting for kids (and adults as well) has taken a significant shift towards tech and gadgets, you just can’t beat the joy of giving and receiving bright, colorful toys that delight your children for hours of wholesome, good old fashioned fun that doesn’t involve a screen or controller. So you’ve given your kids the Lego sets and Barbie dolls- you’re the greatest parent ever (for now!). But now we’ve got another problem….

Does your toy closet or chest look like the inside of F.A.O Shwartz…post-hurricane? There is a way to keep your toy closet neat, organized, and easy to navigate. Here’s Part 1 of our  simple guide to getting your toy soldiers in order and your rubber ducks in a row.

  1. It’s time to purge. No, you’re not a cruel parent for throwing away old toys: if your child hasn’t touched the game in the past 2 weeks, set it aside to either donate (if it’s still in decent condition) or throw away. Here’s a great list of places you can donate old toys to.
  2. Another great idea  is to store toys that your kids have simply grown out of. Rent a mini storage unit to hold your children’s memorabilia. They won’t be able to thank you enough for keeping these toys when they start a family of their own!
  3. Now that you only have the toys you want to keep, its time to divide and conquer. Place large, chunky toys (like doll cars and erase boards) in sturdy plastic bins (we love these).  Gather toys with small pieces into labeled, individual ziplock bags.
  4. Board game boxes usually break, fray, or get disorganized. A better idea would be to place all game pieces in one large bag, and clip the bag to the board. Now they can be laid flat and take up less space!
  5. Puzzles can get a little crazy. Ziplock bags are a great idea, but make sure you include a picture of the finished puzzle for the little ones to reference!47849301 - children's games room

Stay tuned for Part 2 of A Toy Storage Story for more helpful, easy to implement tips, coming at you after the holidays!

Have a toy storage method you’d like to try? Tell us in the comments and get featured on our next blog!

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