Teaching Children Responsibility Through Playroom Organization
Tripping over kids’ toys is no fun. Thankfully, there are easy ways to organize children’s toys while teaching kids responsibility at the same time.
Good parenting involves teaching kids responsibility. Learning to neatly organize and put toys away is an excellent way for children to learn how to be more responsible. A neat and tidy playroom and bedroom also makes home a more pleasant environment for both parents and children.
Although it’s possible to hire a toy storage organizer to do the initial set up, there are tremendous benefits to kids’ helping in the process.
Below are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to parents and children working together as they organize kids’ toys.
Reduce the Number of Toys
A first step in organizing kids’ toys is to get rid of toys that are broken or no longer played with. Although it is tempting to do this when the children are not looking, children can learn a lot through the process of making choices about which toys to keep and which ones to give or throw away.
Start with one small part of the bedroom or playroom and pull everything out. Separate the toys into four piles:
Keep and store are related in that those items will be held on to. However, if there is an excessive number of toys the child wants to keep, it’s a good idea to store some of them in an out of the way place. At a later time, the stored toys can be rotated back in and other toys can be put into storage.
Immediately toss toys that have been put into the throw away category, and bag or box up toys to be given away and put them into the trunk of the car so they can be donated to a nearby charity or given to friends as soon as possible.
Use Storage Containers to Keep Kids’ Rooms Neat and Tidy
There is some truth in the adage, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” While this is an important aspect of organizing in general, it is especially true for organizing children’s toys, particularly since many of them have multiple pieces that need to be kept together.
Through the proliferation of stores such as the Bed Market, there are now more options for storing toys than ever before, such as divan beds with storage. But before heading out to the local department store or even a thrift store to pick up containers, parents should first assess their needs.
For example, parents should determine how many containers are needed for smaller toys such as building blocks, and buy precisely what is needed. While a random assortment of containers may be better than nothing, careful planning goes a long way in organizing toys in a way that is efficient and pleasing to the eye. It may be helpful to start small and organize one type of toy at a time.
Organize Toys by Zones
Many schools and preschools have specific learning centers. For example, there may be a reading area, an art area, and so on. This works well not only in schools, but in homes as well. For instance, it’s a good idea to have a homework area, cozy reading area with books and comfy chairs, an area for art supplies, an area for learning toys and so on.
When organizing toys by zones, be sure to also make some rooms or parts of the home toy free zones. For example, the parents’ bedroom, kitchen, and the formal living room may all be designated as toy free zones. This helps to establish boundaries and makes it easier for parents to maintain their own sense of style and pride.
Involve the Kids in Organizing Toys
In the same way that children should be involved in the process of organizing toys, they should also be involved in maintaining the organizational structures that are in place. This can be done by training the children to put toys away immediately after playing with them, or at the very least by having a time each day designated for clean up.
Kids’ helping with toy organization is a great way to teach children responsibility. Getting rid of broken and excessive toys, selecting good storage options, and dividing toys into zones are all ways to maintain a sense of order in the home.