Are there toys everywhere you look? Chances are that an over-abundance of toys is just as overwhelming for your child as it is for you. Joshua Becker gives a compelling argument about Why Fewer Toys Will Benefit Children. In my experience, fewer toys out means less to clean up and more focused and calm playing by my kids. I developed a toy rotating strategy when my eight year old twins were toddlers and used this system for years until their younger sister went off to kindergarten. Now I find myself restarting my system for my baby boy. Here is how I did it.
Step 1 –
Get 3 containers and divide all the toys into 3 groups, giving each grouping a good variety. Most of our toys come from consignment sales. Used toys are the best, because once they’ve been cleaned, most are good as new!
Step 2 –
Bring one bin out and use the bin itself as the toy chest, or distribute these toys into your decorative toy baskets.
Step 3 –
After a week, gather toys and give them a good cleaning. Place back in bin to store.
Step 4 –
Bring out the next bin and repeat.
When the toys come out, it is so exciting and magical to see the long lost toys. The kids play with the “new” toys so well! And during the week, it is so much easier to clean up fewer toys.
Easy enough, right?!
Keep bins tucked away in a closet, so they don’t get all mixed up.
This system is better for baby and better for mom! Win-win!
Don’t you love easy solutions that can make a big impact? Have you ever rotated your kids’ toys? Let me know if you try this system and how it works for you!