Toys, toys, and more toys! The never-ending piles of toys. Some get played with often, others are only used for a few hours after purchasing, and then there is those toys that are hand me downs from other family members that have sentimental value. For most families toys can easily takeover spaces and create overwhelming feelings. Then add in your child wanting the new bright and shiny toy advertised on Youtube Kids or on a commercial. You are left deciding if you want to bring yet another toy into your home. Knowing that more than likely it will only be played with for a few hours then pushed aside. If only there was a way to get ALL the toys played with. This thought process lead me to start rotating out our toys in our home.
It is a super simple process. When you first start it will take a little bit of a time investment to sort things. After that its a simple hour long process biweekly or monthly depending on how often you rotate your toys. The basics is your just sort like items together, place them in clear shoe box, or sweater boxes, and you rotate them out how ever often you decide. Just by doing this simple step everything will get played with. Plus you will be amazed at how your child’s face lights up when you bring out different toys. Its just like you bought a brand new toy except better because it was something you already own!
- Sort the toys in like type piles (example Disney figurines, animals, Lego’s, and so on), throw trash away, make a sale pile for things no longer played with in good condition.
- Put the same type toys in clear plastic shoe boxes, or sweater boxes. Label the boxes.
- Leave out the most loved toys. The ones that your child plays with daily and never gets tired of. Those will stay out all the time.
- What is left divide out in half. Leave half of those bins out. The other half store in a closet.
- Figure out how often you want to rotate the toys. In the school year we rotate them out once a month. During the summers every 2 weeks.
- Before you rotate the toys out. Reorganize the bins, and throw out any trash.
- Rotate out the toys that where put up with the toys that where out.