How To Declutter Kids Toys In 6 Easy Steps
When it comes to getting effective ways to declutter kids toys, it may seem overwhelming. What do you keep? What do you donate? Is it really worth trying to sell?
I am sharing my 6 easy steps for the best ways to rid your home of excess toy clutter!
How To Declutter Kids Toys In 6 Easy Steps
1. Collect Every Toy
I say this with every organizing project! Collect all the toys. For the majority of the play rooms I have done, I have collected all the toys and started sorting in the basement.
I do this because that is where the majority of the toys are located, which makes it easy to find pieces/parts/sets/etc.
And collecting all the toys at once helps because you see the massive amount of toys you actually have! Which is the major reason the kids don’t play with those toys… because they don’t know they are there!!
2. Group Toys Into Logical Categories
Start grouping similar toys together. I like to do the following categories:
- Building Blocks
- Mega Blocks
- Board Games
- Magnetic Games
- Art Supplies
- Play Kitchen
- Sports Equipment
- Baby Dolls
- Calico Critters
- American Girl Dolls
- Doll Accessories
- Missing Parts
3. Remove Uncategorizable Toys
Once all the toys are grouped into logical categories, collect all the toys that don’t fit into those categories. Those are the toys that are leaving your home.
I know it sounds harsh, but the reason these toys are taking over is because they don’t have a group to go with.
If you are struggling with this step, collect all the uncategorized toys. Store them in a box, and put it out in the garage. Cover it up and set a timer on your phone for one week. If you needed to go into that box for something, you know that is a used toy. If not, you will see that those toys can be donated/trashed/sold.
4. Throw Away Broken Toys
Look through each category and check for broken or missing parts. Only keep fully functioning toys. This will help you to declutter kids toys for good!
A good task for the kiddos is to check every single marker to make sure it works. My kids love this because they get to sort and color at the same time!
Check all the Play Doh to make sure it is not hard!
5. Store Like Toys Together
Look at the piles of toys. If you already have bins, fill each bin with just ONE category. It is ok if the bin is not totally full. It will make it easy to find the toys for the kids. Plus clean-up will be so much easier!
If you don’t have functional bins, purchase some that are the size of the items you have. That will help maintain the excess toy clutter as well!
And don’t forget to LABEL!! It is the easiest way to stay organized. I like picture and word labels, depending on the kids’ ages. But I also love these labels I created:
6. Keeping It Tidy
You did all this hard work, so now you just have to maintain the system!!
I know that sounds scary, but you have already done the hard part of decluttering the kids toys of excessive toys, broken toys, and missing parts.
Clean up the toys every night. Make it part of your nighttime routine. Put on some calming music and give each kiddo one category of toy to clean up.
And, in order to continuously declutter kids toys, I am going to let you in on a little secret… ready?? Don’t bring anything into your home that doesn’t fit into your categories.
Yes, that is correct! Don’t buy or bring anything into your home that doesn’t fit into one of your already assigned categories.
This is HUGE when it comes to buying toys! It is just like my closet trick to color-code so you know what you don’t need when you are out. You will know your toy categories, so when you are out you should only buy what will fit into one of those toy categories.
And, guess what… I created a FREE prinatable: 6 Steps To Declutter Kids Toys for you to download and help you with declutter kids toys!! Just download this printable: 6 Steps To Declutter Kids Toys and get started!!
My Favorite Toy Storage Containers
The Organized Mama
My name is Jessica and I am the founder and editor of The Organized Mama. I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently live in Illinois. I graduated Indiana University with a degree in elementary education. I decided to share my tips and tricks to keeping things organized in hopes of helping people stay organized with little ones. I am in the process of becoming a professional organizer to help assist families in keeping households organized. At The Organized Mama, you will find ways to keep organized, stay crafty and, most of all, enjoy motherhood!