Monday, December 21, 2009

Santa's about to make his yearly stop at many houses this season. And, I don't know about you, but I for one already have an over abundance of toys at our house. With an 8 year old girl, I have more Tiny PetShops, Crayons, Barbie dolls, and stuffed animals than we know what to do with!

What I'm looking for is organization tips! And, Barbara Myers has just the right recommendations:

5 Steps to Organize Kids' Toys
1. Separate all your kids' toys into categories. Building blocks, tools, dolls, reading materials, action figures and cooking items are all toy categories.

2. Make a list of your categories. List in the broadest possible terms. For example, you'll likely keep Barbie dolls and accessories together.

3. Decide on the best container (box, basket, bin) to hold each category. Clear, plastic storage boxes are the best choice for most toys. Consider a rolling cart for toys that kids like to move throughout your home.

4. Gather each category and measure. For example, stack all the building blocks. Measure dimensions and find or buy appropriate containers.

5. Set it up. Each toy should be categorized and should have a home to make clean up quicker and easier. If children know exactly where things belong, they are more likely to put them away.

Now those are timely tips! Hope you can use them. I know I'm going to try!


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