Out with the old; in with the new!
TOYS, TOYS, TOYS. Do they seem to have doubled since the Holidays? We're here to help get your kids rooms and playrooms decluttered and organized in three simple steps plus a few tips to make this a (less) painful experience.
Step One: Edit and Purge
Preferably do this while your kids are at school (tip #1) Take out all their toys separating them into piles. One pile for items to keep, one for donations and one to toss. Since most of our kiddos received new toys this Christmas, it's the perfect opportunity to purge those old toys they haven’t used in a while or have outgrown. The goal here is to create room for the new things, not just cram the new on top of the old!
Step Two: Replace
Now it's time to focus on the 'keep' pile. Keep and organize only toys they play with or new toys yet to be played with. If a toy is broken, missing pieces or your kid hasn't played with it in months...it’s okay to donate it (tip #2)! When reorganizing, keep them in like minded groups making it easy for the kids to know where to put their toys back once they are done playing with them. And labels are always helpful for keeping toys in the right spot (tip #3) Below you can shop Lifestyle(d) favorite toy organization supplies.
Step Three: Donations
The season of giving doesn’t have to end with Christmas. We all want those special toys to go to someone who will cherish them just as much as your kids did. Here are three donation locations that are always accepting gently used toys.
Children's Hospitals: Most Hospitals will accept gently used toys for the patients. Always check before showing up.
Stuffed Animals for Emergencies: (SAFE) is a 21-year-old nonprofit that is run entirely by volunteers who take donations of new and gently used stuffed animals, blankets, books, children's clothes, and baby items, and then finds organizations in their area who can use them for children in traumatic or emotional situations.
Military Families: Find your nearest Military base and get in contact with the family support group. You can also contact Operation Homefront. Helping the men and women who serve our country and their families. Finally, this is also a great time to wipe down and disinfect toys and play areas (tip #4). In the midst of flu season, i'll do anything to keep the kiddos healthy.
THE LATEST FROM INSTAGRAM Follow along @teresa.lifestyled