I’M A PRO ORGANIZER – how to quickly tidy up your kids’ toys and my cheap storage accessories

Tidying up your child’s room doesn’t have to be a tearful struggle.

With the tips of professional organizers, you can tidy up a child’s room in no time – and your child may even be happy to help you with it.

Organizing toys doesn't have to be a constant struggle


Organizing toys doesn’t have to be a constant strugglePhoto credit: Getty

Professional organizer Megan Golightly, founder of Simplified, spoke to Cubby about the biggest challenges parents face when it comes to getting rid of toys and keeping the remaining stash tidy.

“Organizing is easy when you don’t have a lot of stuff,” Golightly said.

But plush gifts from the family pile up alongside the must-have dolls from vacations past, and soon it becomes impossible to keep things clean. “You can’t tidy and organize until you declutter,” the expert added.

So before you start organizing your child’s toys, ask them to help you form three piles: toys to keep, toys to donate, and toys that can be thrown away.

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Although it may be difficult for your child to part with toys at first, remind them that a toy they are not playing with is better off in a home where it is used and that eliminating broken toys make room for new things.

“I think learning the feelings that come with letting go is a good life lesson for our kids,” Golightly added. You can help your child understand why donating toys is a generous and helpful act.

But if your child is too young to understand the need to let go of unused toys, it’s okay to learn a few parenting tricks.

Golightly recommends hiding toys your child doesn’t play with often or has outgrown and donating them after a while.

This gives you time to avert a crisis when your child searches for the toy and gets upset when they realize it’s gone.

Once you have a supply of toys, you can print out a label from the Give Back Box to secretly donate.

Once you remove toy clutter from the equation, organizing the remaining stuffed animals, dolls, and playsets should be a lot easier.

Golightly’s cheap tool label stickers.

A pack of plain label stickers can be found at megastores like Walmart for as little as $2.

Not only do they keep things tidy, but they also help your child practice reading while kids put away toys.

Use woven baskets, cloth bins, or clear bins to organize toys and sort them by label, which also instills a sense of ownership and responsibility in children.

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After that, it’s all about keeping your home clean. Before you buy a new toy in the store, ask your child which bin it belongs in and whether there is still room at home for new toys.

If not, it might be time for another round of fundraising—soon you and your child will be decluttering pros, too.

Labeled storage bins can organize toys and help kids decide what to keep


Labeled storage bins can organize toys and help kids decide what to keepPhoto credit: Getty I’M A PRO ORGANIZER – how to quickly tidy up your kids’ toys and my cheap storage accessories

Jessica MacLeish

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