As the kids prepare their wish lists for Santa, now is the perfect time to declutter toys. This is not only to make room for new ones, but it’s also a great opportunity to show your children how they can help those less fortunate by donating toys they no longer use. Here is our four-step process for tackling playroom clutter:
1) Sort. Gather all of the toys in the playroom and sort by item. Put like items together and trash anything that is broken or missing pieces. Now that you can see everything, it will be easier to see what you have and make decisions as to what stays and what goes. This is also the perfect time to remove all items that don’t belong in the playroom. Create a box of items that are to be stored other places.
2) Declutter. Go through each category and select toys your children no longer play with. Place toys you are not keeping in designated boxes to donate and/or sell.
3) Contain. Now that you know what you are keeping, it’s time to contain items. Cubbies with baskets or bins are the perfect solution. They allow toys to be organized by type, easy for kids to access what they want without making your playroom look cluttered.
4) Label. The final step is to label all of the bins. This way your children will easily be able to identify what goes where. For little ones who can’t read yet, we love picture labels.
Check out this before & after of a playroom we recently decluttered and organized for a client!