The warmer weather means it’s time for spring cleaning! Here are some great tips for taming toy clutter!
In some sense it feels like Christmas was just here and all the toys that clutter our living room floor are still kinda brand new, and while I’m sure there were some tiny toy bits overlooked during the Christmas-Is-Coming cleaning spree, is it really fair to bust out the trash bags after only a few short months?
Quick tips for keeping little bits in place
1. Super glue – yup, I went there. Tinkerbell has no business taking off her shoes… so glue them in place.
2. A basket or bucket “catch-all” – one of my favorite solutions. As little pieces are found in the oddest of places, I toss them into a recycled Easter bucket – shown below inside the teal basket along with a Chuck E Cheese tin that isn’t very pretty and now both are perfectly functional and camouflaged. (When using baskets, be careful that small pieces don’t fall through the weaving of baskets… that happens and then you’re left with more of an annoyance).
In another picture displayed, you’ll see that baskets or containers can be super cute to match décor and here you hardly even notice the hair ties contained in the pink bassinet. Look for creative containers that double as storage and decorative pieces.
3. Lunchbox Tins – we collect like toys in matching lunchbox tins. So Spiderman and his amazing friends AND all of their accessories have a home in a Spiderman tin. We’ve done the same for Doc Mc Stuffins and her teeny-tiny check-up accessories, Shopkins, Star Wars, etc. This system makes it super easy to find the toys your child wants to play with and just as easy for clean up.
4. Make-up bags/pencil cases – to control the smaller toy bits from getting entangled in the larger playsets and potentially getting left behind, we’ve used pencil cases, make-up bags and other travel size toiletry containers to hold the accessories.
This worked well for the My Little Pony series with all those colorful brushes and clips. We just keep them in a separate small bag, together with the ponies, and this way if play doesn’t include the accessories, they aren’t magically spreading through-out the room unintentionally. Works terrific.
You’ll notice my daughter has two Strawberry Shortcake playsets, one being smaller than the other. To keep the accessories from mixing together, we use a small Hello Kitty clear bag to hold shoes and things for the larger SS set, and since all the pieces to the smaller playset are, well… smaller, they fit perfectly into the miniaturized pink suitcase you see pictured.
5. Create traveling totes – Consider your travels and perhaps utilize some of the less popular toys in the car, as part of a toy traveling tote. It’s always good to toss in a couple favorite books too. It makes traveling so much easier when these resources… and yes toys can be considered resources… are ready to go at a moments notice.
Mostly what we’re talking about here is separating smaller bits from the larger bits… and certainly this can be applied to other areas of the house.
In my house, clutter mostly comes from toys and child-like things but listen I have my own basket for hair clips… I have to or there would be bobby pins all over the place. We keep rubber bands, safety pins and batteries separately collected for easy accessibility, while pens, twisty-ties, and glue sticks end up in the infamous “junk drawer”.
It’s a matter of finding a series of small systems that work for your household. Be sure to check out our article on Fool Proof Ways to Manage Toys.