Organization is not one of my strengths. I wish it were, but it is something that I struggle with and something I always have to put effort and intentional time into. I do notice though, that having a clean house with everything in its place makes me happy. Sometimes, when life is really hectic, I will find myself cleaning at least one room in my house, so I can sit in it and pretend like everything around me is calm and together. (I know this probably makes me a crazy person ;))
The boy’s birthdays are back to back in August and September and they got way too many toys. Prior to their birthday party, everything had a place, but we were already at capacity, so after, toys were taking over the house. By November, I couldn’t take it anymore, so I tackled the mess before the next wave of stuff came in for Christmas. I had read about rotating toys in a few of my mom’s groups and figured I would give it a try.
The boys had so many toys that they didn’t seem to be playing with most of it, until, I tried to get rid of stuff, then all those buried toys became instant hits (Every time I’ve collected toys to donate I’ve had to do it while the boys weren’t around and they still ask about a few of the toys they rarely played with that I gave away :/). With the rotating, I was hopeful that it would free up space so the current toys could be fully seen and appreciated, encouraging more play with them. I was also hopeful that with each rotation a new excitement for the toys would be ignited.
I grabbed four plastic storage bins (one for each season-Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring) and filled them with similar types of items – trying to keep the seasons in mind. For example, each bin had a puzzle or two, a few lego sets (Hudson and I put built all the legos and then I stored them in ziplocs by set), a board game, plastic toy sets, etc. I filled Winter up, then put those contents back into the playroom since that was the current season we were in.
I noticed an immediate difference with the kids play as their toys were much more accessible, but wanted to wait to share this post until we had tested out a rotation.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I would do at the rotation. Part of me expected myself to put the bins in the black hole that is our garage and forget about them, but March rolled around and I actually remembered to swap out the bins. The boys were so excited about their old toys it felt a bit like Christmas morning. I love that everything is neat and tidy and has it’s place and I also like that the rotating forces me to go through the boy’s toys every few months to toss broken toys and donate toys they no longer play with. Overall, this has been a big success!
My hubby’s only request in all of this was that the bins be clearly labeled before being placed in the garage, so I made some cute labels to share with everyone. If you would like to use them, you can get them by clicking on the links below.