Everything Has a "Home"

by Faith
(British Columbia, Canada)

My 6-year-old son was the only boy amongst 4 sisters until our newest baby boy was born a few months ago. He has been a little spoiled as the only boy his Daddy had to buy boys' toys for.


He has tons of little play sets, cars, dinosaurs, etc. As we don't have a lot of extra money, I've had to work with what we've got or been given for organizing his toys.

We have a great plastic drawers set, with about 9 drawers in it. I organized it so that each drawer stores toys by theme (e.g. dinosaurs, superheroes, monster trucks, "Car movie toys", etc.). These are really great, as the drawers come in different sizes, and you can buy more and stack them on top of each other.

We were also given a low bookshelf that has made for excellent toy storage/display. His matchbox cars and Speed Racer car sets are each kept in little backpacks on this shelf.


The more complex sets with small or breakable parts, such as racetracks and train tracks, are kept in the original boxes up high on shelves in his closet. We get them down by special request, and they are cleaned up and packed away immediately when he's finished playing.

The most important aspect to keeping his toys organized has been teaching our son that everything has a "home", and training him to put each toy away where it belongs!

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Home in a box
by: ElizevdM

We have something similar!

We have only two boys (almost 5yrs and 2.5yrs respectively) but we tried to teach both that they have to pack something away before taking out the next thing to play with. And we don't break toys!

But what worked for the oldest (keep in the original packaging but everything in two crates), didn't for the youngest. He got into everything, broke a lot of stuff, and mixed the toys up.

At a bargain plastic shop, I found four long flat boxes with lids (they have this band on the box that folds over the lid to "lock" it) that fit underneath their bunkbeds. Each type of toy has a box that it "lives" in - the cars have their box, all the Duplo in their box, etc.

Younger brother is still a bit rough with some of the toys because he likes to know how something works, while older brother just wants to play with it - he doesn't want to know the mechanics behind it. But it works, takes up less space, and their room is instantly neat when packed away and pushed under the bed.

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