Though putting all your kids' toys and bins and baskets you can sit on isn't new, you can still get creative with how you do it. For instance, don't just put them in the corner, that'd be boring. Instead, you can place a table in the middle and make it into a mini dining set for your little ones. During snack time, before you serve them some tasty treats, you can make a game out of who can store his/her toys the fastest and sit properly by the table. And after snack time, apart from just a dining area, it can be an arts & crafts corner too!
Do your kids have too many stuffed animals? Gifts from relatives? Prizes from carnivals games? Or even toys that came from kiddie meals? Well, they won't all fit atop your kids' beds. And you don't want to just leave them on the floor or by a corner somewhere, they'll get dirty. But if you store them in a bin or box, they'll get distorted! So why not make a zoo out of them instead? Place them all over your kids' rooms in makeshift cages and whatnot. This way, it'll also be easier for your children to know where exactly to put each plush toy back after playing with them.
At times, it can't be helped. There might come a time wherein you'll just have to hang your kids' toys up in order to store them properly. Putting them in toy chests will just give your children easy access. And not long after you finished organizing them, your kids would have already gotten all the toys again and made a mess of their room. But if you hang them up, you can ensure that playtime really is over when you say so. Though it doesn't have to be boring and disciplinary as it sounds You can, instead, place them in hammocks or strings, making it seem like your kids' toys are watching over your little ones.
And what of your kids' books? While you can place them on shelves, you risk drawing your little ones to sharp-edged furniture that can add might cause accidents, even if you baby-proofed their rooms. That and the shelves themselves right be too high for your kids to reach too. If there's one thing you'd prefer your kids to be doing, that's reading, right? In that case, create a mini-library for them! You can use foam puzzle floor mats for soft but sturdy shelves to store their fairytale books and even school textbooks on, allowing them to get one anytime they choose without the risk of any injury.
Oftentimes, the cause of your kids' messy rooms with toys scattered all over the place is that they can't find the toy they were looking for. Because they wanted to play with it so much, they threw away any other plaything they didn't want at the time. Resulting in a very disorganized play area. So when you store your children's toys, put up some pictures showing which toys are in which places. Teaching them what those pictures mean can also enhance their comprehension and creative skills as well. All in all, this way of storing your kids' toys has a lot of long-term benefits!
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Don't underestimate your kids. If they want to help you put their toys away and organize their rooms, let them! Never make them feel like they're in the way of you cleaning up after them. That will only make them feel worse! When you let them help you, you're also teaching the value of cleaning up after themselves, and if you allow them to get creative in the process, that's even better! Even if you had your own initial ideas on how you want to store their toys, if you let them do it their way, they might be more encouraged to pick up after themselves.
There are so many creative ways that you can store your kids' toys. These are just a handful that you can do to not only keep their rooms organized but possibly encourage them to clean up after themselves as well!