Welcome back! I hope your weekend was restful. I hope you are refreshed for your upcoming week. Are you ready to start week 9 of the 12 Week Home Organization Overhaul? Let’s jump in! If you are new with us, feel free to just jump in with today’s assignment or go back and start at Day 1. Here’s the link: http://thejourneyofasteward.com/12-week-home-organization-overhaulday-1.html . We are just excited for you to join us in the process of eliminating and organizing our homes to be a blessing to our families.
Today, we are back in kid’s room number 2. We have cleaned up the floor, gone through the closet and now we are conquering the toys. My room for today is my boys’ room so there will be a lot of legos and airsofts. 🙂
Tools you may need: Steralite containers, cubbies, fabric boxes, containers of your choice.
- Sort all toys according to kind, ie. sports toys, action figures, Legos.
- Remember your 3 boxes, put away, throw away, give away.
- Throw away all broken toys.
- Give away (or store away for upcoming children) all grown out of toys.
- You may consider, if your child has too many toys, to put 1/2 to 2/3 of the toys away (out of sight) to rotate in and out.
- Only allow your child to play with one tub of toys at a time. Before they can play with something different, they must pick up the contents of the other tub.
Be ruthless with toys! The reality in my life is my children are overwhelmed with too much “stuff”. It just creates chaos and frustration. When I tell them to go clean their room, you can see their eyes glaze over for this impossible task. Try to simplify and pare down. Although, they may fight you now, it will pay off in the end!
Tip of the day: Containers can be expensive and you may not want to spend the money or are in place where you simply cannot spend the money. I have used everything from Kirkland Waffle boxes, flat rate boxes, wipes boxes and diaper boxes. Certainly use what you can within your means. Sometimes, you have to think outside the box ;). You can choose to cover them or not. They do not have to be pretty, just efficient. You can always replace them as you go, as you see fit.
Here is a great tutorial that I have used to make cool containers: http://designsbymke.blogspot.com/2012/01/lined-canvas-diaper-box.html
Here is a picture of the boxes I have made for my boys’ room. They are made from Kirkland Frozen Waffle boxes. They are the perfect size for our cubbies.
Hope you have a great Monday! Enjoy your day. Blessings!