Stop the Toy Chaos with these 12 Genius Tips to Organize Toys

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Have you ever wondered if it is even possible to organize the toys laying around and keep them organized?

Whether you are a mom with one child or three, or a grandma with one grandbaby or multiple grandbabies, it is likely you have felt overrun by toys at some point!

It might be hard to believe, but there are ways to get the toy chaos under control!

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There are numerous ways to get the toys off the floor and organized into containers so you and your child can find exactly what you’re looking for in a matter of seconds!

This list will give you a great foundation to organizing your child’s toys, and at the same time teach your child the basic principles of decluttering and organization.

1 | Give every toy a home

Organizing toys are no different than anything else when it comes to finding a home for each toy.

When a toy is not being used, it should be snuggled into its home waiting for its turn to play! 😊

Not only does this keep the play area looking neat, but it also offers predictability for your child so they know exactly where to find a toy when they want to play with it.

And on top of that, it teaches your child how to be neat and organized when it is time to clean up.

Depending on the layout of your home, you may need to have toy storage in several areas of your home to keep the clutter minimal in each room. Most children want to play where you are, not off in their room alone.

2 | Use organizing containers & bins

The best organizing containers for toys are baskets, plastic containers, or organizing bins.

If you don’t have shelving in the closet, you can opt to add some, get a bookcase to sit outside the closet, or use some fabric hanging shelves inside the closet.

Cube bookcases are also a great choice! They provide style along with organization.

I love this one that is made specifically for kids!

You can set larger toys on the shelves independently, or use organizing containers and stack several on a shelf together.

3 | Use hanging storage

Anytime you can keep things up off the floor you are going to utilize the space better and keep the feeling of clutter pushed aside.

There are several ways to use hanging storage.

One way was mentioned in #2, which is using hanging shelves in the closet.

Another option is to use hanging mesh space savers, hanging toy hammocks, or my personal favorite over-the-door hanging shoe organizers (which can be hung about anywhere not just on a door.)

4 | Don’t overflow bins or overcrowd shelves

If you overload the organizing containers, it defeats the purpose of organizing from the get-go.

You want your child to be able to easily find the toys he/she wants to play with and if the bins or containers are overflowing it will do nothing but cause frustration.

When kids get frustrated or can’t find what they are looking for, everything is dumped out on the floor to find what seems to be missing. Now another mess has been created!

If the toy containers are overflowing, it is time to divide the toys into smaller categories, donate or sale some of them, or declutter.

5 | Make toys easily accessible for your child’s height

As your child gets past the early toddler age, it is likely he/she is ready to start getting out their own toys. This is also a great time to teach the importance of putting toys away before others come out.

If the toys aren’t easily accessible, your child will likely try to find a way to get to them on their own like climbing on a chair or stool.

A great organizer for lower storage is the 6-cubby kid’s bookcase.

6 cubby storage image from Amazon

Image courtesy of Amazon

6 | Organize similar toys together

I call this categorizing the toys.

You can do this in several different ways.

  1. Group toys that are noisy, the same color, etc.
  2. Group toys that are the same type of toys such as tractors, hot wheels cars, etc.
  3. Group toys that are educational such as puzzles or crayons and color books
  4. Group toys that do similar things such as building which could be blocks, Legos, etc.

My favorite way to group toys together is #2 because typically if kids are playing with trucks they will want several different ones and this way they can all be found together.

7 | Declutter frequently

This pretty much says it all without a lot of extra fluff to add!

The definition of ‘frequently’ in this scenario?

I would say you need to declutter at least twice a month, especially if you or a grandparent takes the littles to McDonald’s for Happy Meals or other similar places very often!

8 | Have fewer toys

Toys can be difficult to organize when you have too many!

Having fewer toys is the real secret to keeping your house clutter-free of toys laying around in every room! Have you ever felt that toys were overtaking your house no matter which room you went to?

I can’t stress enough that fewer toys = less mess!

There are several ways to minimize the quantity of toys:

  • Declutter them regularly
    • Throw out broken toys
    • Toss toys that have missing pieces
    • Donate, sell or store (if you have younger children) toys your child has outgrown
  • Ask family and friends to give non-toy gifts for Christmas or birthday
  • Put many of the toys away and rotate playtime availability with them
  • Divide sets of toys and put part of them away, donate them, or add them to the toy rotation schedule so there aren’t so many available at one time (such as blocks, refrigerator magnets, Legos, etc.)
  • Quit shopping for toys at garage sales or dollar stores – when they are less expensive we have a tendency to over-buy

9 | Establish an age-appropriate organization system

Whatever organization system you use, it needs to be simple enough for your child to understand and be able to follow.

This is the reason I prefer to categorize similar toys with what they actually are rather than as educational or something similar.

A younger child probably does not understand what an ‘educational’ toy is, making it difficult for them to help clean up when it’s time.

toddler in diapers standing in room with toys strewn all over

10 | Get rid of the toy box

Toy boxes have their place for toy storage in only a few instances.

A great way to use a toy box is for balls or larger outdoor type toys.

If your child is using a toybox to ‘organize’ their toys, I have a quick news alert for you!

They aren’t organized!

Toy boxes do one thing: They get the toys off the floor and hide them.

If your child has a toybox, I recommend you revamp the way the toys are organized and opt for smaller storage bins or baskets.

11 | Use simple & age-appropriate labels

If you have ever gone into an elementary school classroom, you likely noticed a lot of boxes, stacks of containers, and labels on about everything!


Because it is a system that works!

You can organize your child’s toys in the same way.

After you have the toys categorized and put into organization containers, an image + writing of what is inside is the perfect way to finalize having the toys neatly and efficiently organized.

12 | Establish a toy rotation system

Creating a toy rotation system is a simple solution if you have too many toys, or if you find your child becoming easily bored.

If you have ever watched a child with a new toy, they act like heaven was just hand-delivered to them!

On the other hand, when kids play with the same toys day after day, they tend to get bored more easily even though they don’t express it in so many words.

Establishing a toy rotation system is simple and one way to minimize the number of toys that can be laying around.

If you haven’t heard of it before, toy rotation means you will rotate the toys your child has available to play with at any given time. The toys not being used are put away in a place they are not accessible to the child.

I recommend rotating every week. However, you can rotate daily (This would take a lot of work to plan) bi-monthly or monthly.

What has been your biggest challenge with organizing the toys or keeping them organized?



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