Toys in bins. Toys in boxes. Toys in bins in boxes. Blocks in bins in boxes.
Sound Dr. Seusse-ish?
That is about how much sense toys in bins made in our house.
I have a four-year-old, previously known as a three-year-old and if anyone knows anything about these ages, they love playing with toys. Lots of toys! But when it comes to picking them up? Eh…not so much. So it takes some real effort to get the job done, if at all. Ok…some of you don’t have this issue. Congratulations! But for the rest of us, here you go.
The story goes like this: I was surrounded by a pile of toys, pulling my hair out when suddenly it dawned on me that yes! I could find a solution on You Tube. And the rest is history. This is how I decided to go the way of toy bin storage. It was all the rage in the You Tube toy organizing world and everywhere I’d look – boom! Toys in bins in cubbies! The houses were so clean…nary a toy in sight. This, my friend, was the answer.
And so, as it goes, I already had the cubby shelf and the bins. Perfect! I coupled this toy bin solution with toy rotation and I’m now the queen of the toy storage scene!
WAIT! Not so fast.
It seemed to work, for awhile. A little while. But never the way it was intended to. The bins would get dumped out all at once – especially when other kids would come over. The idea was to use one bin and then put the toys back before emptying another bin. Nope. 3 and then 4-year-old didn’t fancy all that was required to keep up this system. Putting all those different categories of toys into separate bins was way too tedious and time consuming. So I spent way too much time coaxing her to pick up toys and then always “helping” to get it done. I was constantly sorting toys! Who got time for that!?
So one frustrating day, seeing the toys piled up once again, for like the second day, I took a stand! That’s it! I’m getting a toy box! So off to the Dollar General I went and I got a large plastic storage box.
Came home and shoveled the toys in and voíla!
Of course, my little one was a bit shocked…like you mean…all the toys are going together!? In one box?!
So has this one box wonder solved all my problems? No. All my toy storage problems? No.
What it has done is simplified the picking up process. But there are still too many toys. And toy rotation has not worked for me.
So I will keep trying to downsize. Organize. Simplify (shuffle around) the toys that take over our house and lives.
I saw a lady comment on some toy organizing post somewhere: I only let my kids have three stuffed animals because anything more than that and they aren’t special anymore. (I’m sure her house is clean)
My kid is so attached to every stuffed animal she has. She loves and remembers each one…she loves them as if they are the only one, so sneakily getting rid of her stuff after it goes into a storage box in the garage doesn’t cut it with her. She can remember a toy and will ask about it, in detail, that has been stored for 6 months!
But we’ll struggle on.
God loves and remembers us like that. As if we were the only one. He doesn’t play favorites either but loves us all the same.
So what are your organizing struggles?