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6 tips for dealing with toy clutter in your home Amanda Lecaude, Organising You

There is no right or wrong way when it comes to storing or organising children’s toys in your home. You have to do what works for you, your family and the space you have. It’s about finding the balance between keeping the toys accessible for the children to play with but organised and out of the way when needed. Many of my clients, particularly those with younger children, often struggle in what to do with toys and where they should live in the house. Often they tend to end up settling in the central living space as that is where you are and where the children, particularly younger ones, want to be. As children get older you generally find they are happier to play with and store their toys in another area away from the central living space and in a toy room. Where ever your children play with or store their toys it is important to keep on top their organisation and not just shut the door to the room so you can’t see what is inside at the end of the day. Here are 6 tips to assist you in dealing with toy clutter in your home.

1. Get children to help you put them away Often it is easier to just spend 5 minutes at the end of the day putting away the toys yourself but my advice is to begin teaching your children from young age to help you. Investing in this time early on by involving them in the process will teach them responsibility and organisation skills that will assist them in life. For younger children you could make it into a fun time with a game by setting a timer and giving them small tasks to complete. Don’t necessarily pick up after each time they play with their toys as you would be doing this all the time. Try though by taking a few minutes at the end of each day and doing this on a regular basis so that it doesn’t become too big a chore and overwhelm you and the family.

2. Try and establish a one activity at a time routine ”You can play with the cars after you put the puzzles back in their home”. Encourage children to put away an activity or set of toys when they are done playing before they start the next activity. This isn’t always going to work but it is worth spending time implementing when children 46

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