Our professional cleaners visit countless family homes across Hull, Beverley and East Yorkshire to keep them sparkling, fresh and hygienic. We love helping parents to stay in control of their living environments, making them the perfect place for everything from family time to a quiet night watching the telly.
The only problem is that no matter how clean a room is, it can still get very messy, especially if you have young children. We totally sympathise, so here are some tips for organising your child’s toys without coming across as a meanie.
Where is the play area?
If your answer to this is “anywhere and everywhere”, that’s probably why things have got a little out of hand. Defining a play area is the first place to start, as it will soon become the natural space for your child to play with their toys. Depending on the size and layout of your house, this could be an entire room (providing you can hear the child and easily check up on them), or a corner of the living room where toys won’t create a trip hazard.
Whilst safely containing the playthings to a single area, this also encourages your child to understand the importance of shared space, allowing everyone to walk around without stepping on a Lego brick.
Limit the number of toys
Okay, yes, that might sound a bit mean, but it’s beneficial to everyone in the family. Whilst you, the parent, are ensuring that the home doesn’t become overwhelmed with colourful plastic and messy slime, it also means that your child is far less likely to misplace and break their favourites toys.
Limiting doesn’t mean not buying them anything new, it’s simply a case of staying in control of your spending, as well as getting rid of anything that the child has broken or grown to old for. If it’s still usable, you could give it to a friend, neighbour or charity shop so that another little one can enjoy it.
Having a toy corner is a popular choice, yet it’s amazing how quickly it grows. A toy chest is a good idea too, but this makes it easy for small toys to become lost, resulting in your child emptying all of the contents across the floor.
Instead, consider small storage boxes or, even better, low shelving units or fabric compartments. This keeps everything in one place without the risk of items being covered up by others, plus it can look really sweet as well. Whatever you go for, ensure that it’s safe for children to access.
Ohhh, that’s a good word isn’t it? It’s often used when people are sorting out their life, but it can also apply to toys.
Clearly labelled compartments for different types of playthings can work wonders. If all of the building blocks are in one drawer, pencils and paper in another, books on a shelf and teddies in their own special place, everything will be easy to find, access and put back afterwards.
Create a toy cycle
This is an interesting one that some parents we know swear by. If the child is ignoring a particular toy, put it into storage for a while. Keep it there either until they ask for it or, more likely, for when they become bored of another toy. You can then swap them around, which results in old toys being given new attention whilst keeping cute clutter under control.
Make tidying a game
Teaching your child that tidying up afterwards is important will make your home so much more manageable and relaxed. It also encourages them to carry this value into adulthood – tidiness isn’t just about being house-proud, it shows that an individual is respectful of environments and other people, simultaneously giving them control of their surroundings. Admit it, you’ve wasted hours of your life looking for your phone, keys and wallet, but why should your kid have to go through the same stress when they’re older? A tidy child will grow to become an organised adult who always knows where they put the remote control.
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