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Tips for Keeping Those Toys Under Control



Tired of stepping on Legos and weaving in between toys on the floor? If you have kids, you know how messy their toys can get. All it takes is about five seconds for your children to transform a clean room into a disaster zone. Sound familiar? If so, here are a few tips you can use to help keep those toys (and your kids) under control.


A Spot for Everything

In order to keep those toys under control, there needs to be a spot for everything. Get your kids’ toy room or play area organized, using totes, bins and any other number of storage accessories to do this. By organizing this room, you’re giving each item a home. It’s a lot easier to keep toys under control when there’s a place to put them.

Say No

It can be hard to say no to that sweet little face, but when it comes to toys, you need toughen up. Learn to tell your children no at the store. They can still get toys for birthdays or Christmas, but by refusing to buy toys every time you go grocery shopping, it’ll be a lot easier to keep the toys you do have under control. There’s no need to add to the mess unless it’s a special occasion.

Spring Clean

It’s amazing how many toys you can accumulate over time. The more toys you have, the more of a mess you can expect. Because of this, it’s definitely a good idea to do a little spring cleaning. Go through all of your children’s toys. Pull out the toys that your kids don’t use and set these aside for a few weeks. After this waiting period is up, if your children never asked for those toys, get rid of them either by donating them or throwing them away. You should do this a couple times a year to help reduce the amount of toys you have to worry about.

Set Some Rules

If you want to keep those toys under control, you need to set some rules for your kids. These rules can be anything that will help your kids pick up messes, such as putting a toy back before getting another. You might also want to implement a bedtime pickup routine so that all the toys are cleaned up before your little ones lay their heads down for the night.


Kids make messes, there’s no getting around that. But by following these rules, you’ll be able to keep those toys under control.

What are some ways you keep toys organized and put away?

Annmarie John
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  1. Saying no is definitely a challenge sometimes. I try, but then I feel bad and give in.

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  2. I clean out my kids toys at least once a year before their birthdays & Christmas start rolling around. This helps make some space for whatever they'll get, plus we donate everything to charities like Salvation Army or Goodwill.

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  3. Parents don't often realize how important this really is! I have two grown kids who were brought up this way and being about to organize and put things away doesn't always come naturally for some kids. It is something that has to be taught! These are great tips to get started with!

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  4. Good tips! We have stepped on more Legos than we'd like to think about! Glad we're way past that stage!

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  5. I think you need to come to my house and help me organize! ;) Thanks for the tips!

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  6. Setting rules is the most important, you need to let them know they need to be safe.

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  7. It's hard! I buy little plastic boxes to keep all of the similar toys together.. example all the LPS in one bin and all the My Little Pony in another. My girls will stick with this but then go crazy and the LPS and the MLP will end up housing together.

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  8. Toys are definitely out of control in this house! lol I'm a mommy toy blogger and that means we have a lot of toys around here! I wish I had more time to be as organized as you, I need to start somewhere small I guess. Thanks for the tips!

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  9. I've always taught my daughter to pick up after herself, and she's extremely neat, always has been.

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  10. Legos are the worst. You don't know true pain until you have stepped on a Lego piece at 1 a.m. lol

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  11. We have a toy bin that seems to work pretty well. These are great tips too. Amber N

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  12. I do regular cleanings where I have my children donate toys. I also have them give one away before bringing a new one in. It helps keep the clutter down.

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  13. I had several different color coded toy bins when my kids were young to help organize. We also had a certain time of the day that they were responsible for clean up.

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  14. Not many toys at our house :) But when my sister and I were younger, before birthdays and Christmas, my mom would always have one-on-one time with us in our rooms, and we would pick out things we didn't want anymore to make room for new things. Then she would take us to the Children's Home to give away the "gently used" toys. Lots of lessons learned through that, for sure!

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  15. I go through all the toys once a month or once every 2 months and pack things away and rotate. We donate a lot too as theres so many toys and not a lot even get played with!

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  16. When my kids were little, we had dice that had a different color on each side. I'd throw the dice and the girls would have to pick up everything of that color. It made cleaning up into a game!

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  17. The kids had a certain place for everything on the shelf, so that helped them clean up easily. We also had the put one toy away before getting another rule.

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  18. All good points! My last two get no a lot, lot easier than my first two did (in their early years). Not sure they're fans of that, but that's okay, I know the importance of setting those boundaries, and I know that in the long run, those boundaries will positively affect THEM. :)

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  19. I love the SAY NO tip. I often get the complaint from prospective clients that they can't decorate because their kids toys are everywhere. I mean seriously! You are going to live in a cluttered mess because you can't say no to your kid? I had one doll growing up. I think I turned out fine

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  20. The rule at my home is in order to own it and keep it, you need to be responsible for it. If you don't show responsibility, then you're clearly not ready to have it.

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  21. (sigh) It always looks like a Toys R Us store barfed up its entire inventory in my house. Love all these ideas- they are all worth a try.

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  22. Disaster zone is rigiht on!! Bins did not work for us however. Having a toy box and getting out one thing at a time has helped tremendously!

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  23. Need to really focus on one out for each one in... at least. We also need a place for some things as we are overwhelmed with stuff.

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  24. I am constantly going through my kid's toys and parting with bags of them. Their grandparents spoil them like crazy and it drives me insane! We have a lot of toy boxes to help curb the clutter, but it seems we are over-run with toy boxes. I have plans on paring down again soon.

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  25. hahaha my sister-in-law needs to read this post. She keeps buying and buying and I have no idea if she donates because there is so much around the house. The worst thing is stepping on a lego at night. Totally the most painful thing EVER!

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  26. This can be quite a challenge my niece had her toys all over before - so its good it doesnt look that way now.

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  27. My fav is the spring cleaning. I hate clutter. When my son waa small I actually let him select the toys he didnt want anymore to give to less fortunate kids. We actually made it a fun exercise.

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