How to Organize Your Kids’ Toys

It can be tricky to keep toys from taking over every inch of your house when you have kids. Especially because it seems like you spend more time putting them away than they do taking them out. Finding a way to organize toys is not only great for kids but essential for your sanity as a parent.

Here are some “out-of-the-box” (pun intended) toy organization ideas that will help you and the kids keep things tidy!

Make the most out of your space

When you have kids, the key to being organized is to learn how to hack the space that you live in. Just because some parents designate a play area to keep toys organized, doesn’t mean you have to. You can build cabinets and shelves, place bins and containers, and keep toys stacked in different areas around the house.

Zoom of white wooden furnitures in child room

What and where 

Between all the toys, art supplies, clothes, and stuffed animals, it can get difficult to figure out what to put where. Organizing by type and area of use can help. For example, art supplies can go close to the kitchen, while outdoor toys can be placed in the garage or stacked on shelves outside.

If you’re looking to save some money on bins, a quick visit to your local Goodwill store might save you some bucks.

Two little sisters drawing and learning together at home

Get creative

Store big toys in containers under the beds, use small plastic bins to hold bath toys in the bathroom, or use wicker baskets to hide toys in the living room in a stylish and convenient way.

Tip: Place devices such as tablets in a basket on top of the fridge. Besides helping with organization, it will let you control screen-time, since your kids need to ask for permission to use them.

A baby boy, wearing only a diaper, tries to push over a basket of toys. Shot with Canon 5D Mark 3. rr

Label, label, label.

Having a clear labeling system is essential. Use labels to identify the toys that are stored in each bin: dolls, action figures, stuffed animals, Legos, etc. Another way labels come in handy? On toys. It helps to label your child’s name on the toys they tend to take everywhere. You can get Stuck on You personalized labels that are guaranteed to last on their favorite toys, through any playdate or adventure they might take them to.