by Barbara Myers
1. Separate all your kids’ toys into categories. Building blocks, tools, dolls, reading materials, action figures, and cooking items are all toy categories.
2. Make a list of your categories. List in the broadest possible terms. For example, you’ll likely keep Barbie dolls and accessories together.
3. Decide on the best container (box, basket, bin) to hold each category. Clear, plastic storage boxes are the best choice for most toys. Consider a rolling cart for toys that kids like to move throughout your home.
4. Gather each category and measure. For example, stack all the building blocks. Measure dimensions and find or buy appropriate containers.
5. Set it up. Each toy should be categorized and should have a home to make clean up quicker and easier. If children know exactly where things belong, they are more likely to put them away.
Barbara Myers is the author of “The Complete Guide to Organized Parenting.” FREE “50 Ways to Manage Your Time” Tips Booklet at http://www.ineedmoretime.com