How To DeJunk and Organize Toys Even In Small Spaces •
Need some toy organization ideas or a playroom storage system? Need the organization ideas to be cheap or FREE? Try these ideas below for organizing Toys On A BUDGET! Learn how to organize a playroom on a budget and lots of cheap ways to organize your child’s room, living room, playroom or ANY place all that toy clutter builds up. These toy organizing hacks are BRILLIANT!
These toy storage ideas for small spaces below are genius and inexpensive ways for organizing toys and NOT ending up with a toy storage system that you and your kids can’t keep up with.
I’m all about the clever toy storage ideas I see all over Pinterest, they’re GENIUS and so cute!
but I’m a realist –
Many of those toy organization ideas are WAY out of our comfort zone AND out of our budget
(ie, we can’t afford it AND I know the kids – and I – will never keep up with it)
I want more of a playroom like this:
With an organized playroom like that, I know we can keep up with it.
I just need a cheap way to do it.
Heck, I’m going to turn an old dresser into toy storage like this to save money and repurpose what would otherwise be thrown away junk:
Cute, right? With a different paint color and perhaps some bigger storage boxes, I think it will work well AND be cheap to do.
But first – before ANY of that – we have to declutter, de-JUNK, sort and organize all the toys so we can GET to the organization part.
Let’s talk about how to sort toys, why fewer toys are better, and how to purge children’s toys.
Ready to learn how to dejunk ALL THE TOYS? Let’s do this!
Organizing Toys on a Budget? Here’s Help!
If you’re looking for creative and CHEAP ways how to organize a toy room on a budget – you’re in the right place!
Let’s look at some simple DIY toy organization and playroom organizing tips, ideas and hacks to declutter and organize your kid’s toys WITHOUT losing your mind!
Toy Storage Furniture
If you want some cute and USEFUL toy storage furniture for your living room, the kids room or in the playroom, these toy organizers below make for a great playroom storage system for toys anywhere in your house (which is usually EVERYWHERE haha!)
If your house is like mine you have toys, Toys… TOYS everywhere! Best of all, toys these days have SO MANY pieces and parts that go with them! And kids are pack rats too, aren’t they? Ugh! It sure can be extra difficult to declutter your life when you have children!
ESPECIALLY when you’re a large family living in a small house!
How can you easily declutter your child’s toys in their playroom or bedroom to cut down on all the clutter and stuff – AND feel good about your results?
For example, ALL those toy cars your kid has – how to organize them?
These Hot Wheels Storage ideas are BRILLIANT for decluttering and organizing alllll those little cars, trucks, etc.
Those little toys are real booger to organize – as are ALL toys.
We have a very simple 2-Question Toy Decluttering System that we use. I’ve used it with my kids and now my kids use it with their kid’s toys.
That said, once your child gets to be about 4 or 5, they are perfectly capable of understanding the concept of giving to others… especially the concept of giving to other who have less.
While it will take a little longer with your child present, it is absolutely worth the time to include your child in this toy decluttering and teach them a beautiful life lesson in the process.
What You Will Need:
To perform this simple 2-Question Toy Decluttering System, you will need:
- A Toy Box (or a space to put toys you are keeping) – see ideas
- Empty Boxes (to put toys you will be donating or selling at a yard sale)
- Trash Bags (to throw out broken toys)
If your child has younger siblings, you might want to consider another storage container for toys that your younger child/children will eventually play with. You will store those toys away for later.
Preparing to Declutter the Toys
Depending on the toy situation before-hand, you might need to spend a little time gathering toys and finding the pieces that go with them.
If you do this toy decluttering system regularly, this prep time won’t take long.
However, if you’re still with TOY CHAOS, take the time to get the toys sorted somewhat so you can begin and quickly move through this decluttering process.
The Two Questions
Pick up each toy and ask yourself (or your child if he/she is participating in this):
“Has this toy been played with in the last month?”
If the answer is YES – keep the toy.
If the answer is NO…
“Is this toy broken or missing pieces?”
If the answer is YES, the toy is broken/missing pieces – throw it away.
If the answer is NO, put the toy in the donation box (or a storage box if your saving good toys for younger siblings).
Tips for Success
The key to this toy decluttering strategy is to move quickly.
Try your hardest to not reminisce over each toy or how much it cost or how long it took you to find that toy, etc.
This is the time to “Let It Go”.
If you’re struggling with it, break the task down into smaller goals.
“Right now, I am only decluttering the Barbie stuff.”
There’s no sense getting stressed and overwhelmed when decluttering your life – break things down into smaller tasks and you’ll quickly be able to SEE the results of your efforts (which will motivate you to keep going).
Toy Organization Ideas
Take a look at the pictures of organized playrooms below – just look how neat and organized the toys are! If you need ideas and motivation to figure out HOW to organize the toys in the playroom, these ideas are sure to get you going – even if you’re working with a small space or tiny playroom!
Here’s another tip for when you’re ready…
Once I had the toys we were keeping separated out, I would then divide those toys into 2 piles.
One pile of “keeper” toys I would put back in their toy box or on their toy shelf for them to play with NOW – and the other pile of “keeper” toys would be stored away on the top shelf of a closet, another room, etc to be played with LATER.
Then, after some time goes by (or the next time I decluttered the toys), I would rotate out the “keeper” toys I stored out of sight.
For kids – especially little kids – this is like getting brand new toys!
Rotating out the other keeper toys is also a GREAT idea for days when you really need your child to play on their own for awhile so you can get other things done.
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