With the arrival of children, order in the home disappears. Initially, it’s clothes and belongings, followed by cute trinkets, educational toys, and pyramids, and then you find yourself wondering where to store all these toys. How can you teach a child to be orderly from an early age so that toys don’t clutter the entire apartment?
Toy bins, baskets, dressers, boxes, and containers – so many options have been devised for storing children’s toys. But what works best to maintain order in the room?
Toys are in the bedroom, the parents’ bedroom, the kitchen, and the bathroom. They are everywhere and seem never-ending. It’s crucial to instill a sense of order from birth, as babies start playing with their first toys actively at 2-3 months. So, where to put rattles, building blocks, soft books, and balls? Open plastic baskets are ideal; they are easy to carry and always show their contents.
For older children, a variety of bins, containers, boxes, and baskets for toys are needed. They can be made of wood, MDF, plywood, plastic, or fabric. Labeling these containers becomes an additional task during play for children who are just learning to read, and for older ones, it facilitates finding the desired toy.
Unusual Furniture for the Child’s Room.
When buying or ordering furniture for a child or playroom, consider incorporating space for toys from the start. Drawers under the bed can be made for storage, and plastic containers can be placed under the table. Open shelving units can accommodate books. It should be easy and convenient for children to use on their own – to retrieve and put away toys.
Doors, side walls of wardrobes, stairs to the second level of a bed – all these surfaces can be filled with small organizers or drawers for storing soft toys, building blocks, or stationery.
When toys have a designated place, order follows suit. A well-organized storage space ensures that playtime is enjoyable, and cleaning up is not a burden.