This toy rotation idea that I got from Momma's Society has changed my life as a Momma! I feel refreshed, organized, and can actually see my living room floor! Prior to the rotation I felt like Ava's toys were getting out of control and I always felt bad for the toys at the bottom of the toy box that never got any attention. Not to mention her toy box was overflowing and just looked like a hot mess!
I thought about doing a toy rotation for a while. I even bought the containers for it then changed my mind, took them back to the store, and then changed my mind again and decided to finally organize a toy rotation. It has been two weeks since we started and I am SO HAPPY we did. Everyone loves it! It keeps the toys new and exciting to Ava, creates less of a mess in the living room, and makes for easy clean up. Ahhh...it's AMAZING! I know this might sound crazy but I feel refreshed and light!
If you are feeling overwhelmed with your child's toys and it seems like they constantly play with the same toys every day then I highly recommend creating a toy rotation. It is super easy to do.
The first thing I did was find some cute containers that would go well with our living room. I found these at Target for about $10 a piece. Then I decided I wanted to paint numbers on them so I wouldn't get confused about which bucket I was on for the toy rotation.
I am horrible at painting so I knew I needed a stencil for the numbers. To do that I found a font that I liked and printed the numbers large enough to fit on each container. Then I cut out the numbers to make them like a stencil. I tried to use scissors for this but later found that using my husbands pocket knife was much easier!
After my stencils were ready I placed them where I wanted and painted away! I love how they turned out!
Now it was time to organize! We gathered all of Ava's toys from near and far, from under the couch, in the car, my purse, under the entertainment center...well you get the point. Toys were everywhere!
After we rounded up all of her toys, we dumped all of Ava's toys into one big pile. Ava loved this part and I am so proud that out of all of those toys she picked a book to play with! I included some books into the mix because I think it is so important that children have books in their hands at any age whether they can read them or not. Even though she can't read them she can see how books work and still enjoy the textures and pictures.
The next step was sorting. We sorted the toys into different categories based on what they do as a toy. Some of our piles were books, rattles, toys that talk or make music, toys with multiple pieces that you put together and take apart, teethers, etc.
Then we divided each pile into the three containers so there was a good mixture of toys in each bin.
Lastly, peace of mind! Organization! Refreshed! Bliss! Ahhh it is such a nice feeling! Just like that I felt like I had the toys under control! For now at least.
Today starts week three of our toy rotation. So far everyone loves it! The toys stay new and exciting for Ava, it's easy clean up for Joey and I, and we can see the living room floor. Life is good!
How do you keep your children's toys organized?