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mom tired of messIs your house littered with toys which seem to have no special place of their own? Do you constantly find yourself losing toys, or tripping over toys which are never played with? Many families find themselves accumulating toys without any real organization system, and that can make your home feel a bit cluttered and stressful. Not to mention that your children will play less when they can’t find the toys they need.

Make a special spot for favorite toys. Identify your child’s favorite toys, the ones he plays with on a nearly daily basis, the ones that he asks for the minute he gets home from school. Finding a special bin for these toys will make them easy to find and easy to put away, and will reduce the amount of toys that get tossed onto the floor in search of his favorites!

Rethink the size of your bins. Bins and toy boxes are often oversized, holding a multitude of toys but making it very difficult to locate the toys that sink to the bottom. As a result, toys become forgotten about, or entire bins are dumped to the ground in search of one particular toy. Buy small, shallow bins for smaller toys or toys with many small parts. Buy midsize bins for most of your child’s toys, and larger toys, like dress-up clothing or balls can be sorted into large bins.

Consider rotating toys. Go through your child’s toy collection and identify the toys which are played with less frequently. Move those toys to bins in the basement or attic, cutting down on clutter in your living space. After a few months, if you notice your child growing bored with the toys she has on hand, swap them out for the ones in storage.

Encourage your child to part with toys. Every six months or so, go through your child’s toys with him and ask him to identify toys that he thinks he has grown out of, or may not play with anymore. Talk about what you can do with those toys, whether you hand them down to younger children you know or donate them.

Have you gained some control over your home’s toy clutter? Tell us more about how you tamed the clutter in the comments section!