How to Organize Kids' Toys

April 21, 2019




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It's day 21 of's 30-Day Spring Tidying Challenge

If you're just joining us, check out the link above explaining how it works and the links below for what we've covered so far.


Don't feel like decluttering the whole house? No problem! Just pick and choose:



Day 1: Kitchen Counters

Day 2: Under the Sink

Day 3: Dining Area

Day 4: Cutlery & Utensils Drawers

Day 5: Tupperware Drawer

Day 6: Remainder of Kitchen Drawers, Cabinets & Pantry

Day 7: Fridge & Freezer



Day 8: Front Entryway

Day 9: Mudroom/Back Entry

Day 10: Catch Up

Day 11: Powder Room

Day 12: Living Room

Day 13: Walk-In Closet

Day 14: Master Bedroom



Day 15: Laundry Room

Day 16: Linen Closet

Day 17: Home Office

Day 18: Bathroom(s)

Day 19: Kids' Clothes/Closets

Day 20: Kids' Rooms



Today we're organizing the kids' toy storage areas/playroom!

If you haven't already, please subscribe for a free, printable 30-Day Spring Tidying Challenge schedule! 




1. Empty all toy bins, drawers, shelves.


2. Clean. Wipe down flat surfaces.


3. Decide which toys to keep. You should probably get your kids' input.


- Get rid of outgrown toys or anything that hasn't been played with in over a year.


- Consider getting rid of duplicates or extras. How many Hot Wheels does one kid need? Why isn't it called hoarding with you're a kid???


4. Divide everything from your kids' room into four groups/bins.


i) belongs in the room


ii) belongs elsewhere in the house


iii) fit to donate/sell used


iv) garbage/recycling




5. Return to the room the things you've decided to keep and organize neatly.

We keep the bulk of my son's playthings in rotating storage bins in the basement. He's allowed to have one bin out at a time, and must return all toys to the bin before he can switch it out for another.




This is how we keep our home from being consumed by kids' stuff!


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6. Redistribute the items that belong elsewhere in the home.


7. Donate. Take the boxes designated as 'to sell/donate' and put them somewhere out of sight, but accessible (i.e. mudroom or basement). You'll continue to add to these each day for the rest of the month, with the casualties of each day's tidying task. At the end of the month, you can make a trip (or several) to your local donation bank and/or go on an online selling spree.


8. Dispose of and/or recycle items from the designated garbage/recycling bins.







That's it for day 21! Tomorrow's a catch up day, so you can continue with kids' toys tomorrow if you don't finish today!  Don't forget to check out my One Room Challenge makeover!




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