If you are like me and are a bit on the OCD, Type-A and anal side, you may be going a little bonkers today running after your kids and picking up all the various parts and pieces to all the new toys they just got for Christmas. Toys strewn about at the top of stairs and in the middle of passageways also create slip and fall hazard for other members of the family. It’s never a good idea to let the toys take over the home, after Christmas or otherwise.
And if you shrink at the sight of clutter, it’s also a recipe for going bananas!
Here are some suggestions to help you out. Believe me, I had to do these things to save my sanity today. (smile)
Step 1: If you don’t already have a collection of available storage bins, head down to your local dollar store and invest in a variety of containers, boxes and bags. You can also get some from Target, Walmart and other large retailers at a reasonable price. Otherwise, Amazon.com has some good buys (See widget below)
Step 2: Use labels to assign each child their own box or bag. Maybe consider color coordinating and assign each child their own color so in a rush, they know which bag is theirs.
Step 3: Insist that the children play with one toy at a time. When they are done instruct them to put away the pieces in the box assigned for that toy or type of toys e.g. lego blocks, Kinex pieces, doll house accessories etc.
Step 4: Be strict with the policy and tell the child you will take away the toy for 24 hours for each time they leave it out with parts about and don’t put it away after using and before moving on to a next toy.
Step 5: Play with them. That way they see you helping them put each toy away and learn good habits about keeping their play area neat and tidy.
These tips are great for keeping your Feng Shui-ed out home orderly and avoid accidents. Slipping on a toy and getting stabbed in the foot by an errant toy army soldier is no fun!
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