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It's day 21 of neatntiny.com'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
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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