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It’s crazy how quickly toys and play items can accumulate when you have little ones! Do you ever find that you have toys everywhere but somehow your toddler doesn’t seem to want to play with any of them? So you’re left with a lot of clutter and a lot of complaints of boredom. If this sounds like you, or if you just want to get your toys more organized, then follow along! We’ll talk about why toy rotation and organization can be beneficial and the best ways to do it. Keep in mind, every family and every household works a little differently, so feel free to make any tweaks that make more sense for your family!

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Why Toy Rotation Matters:

1. Kids actually need less stuff to stay interested

You might think that when a kid has a ton of options they can pick and choose what they want to play with and never get bored. That’s definitely what I used to think! But in reality, they end up getting super overwhelmed and have difficulty picking a toy and then staying focused on it. Oftentimes when they have fewer options their decisions are a lot easier.

2. They will use their brains more through exploration

Kids learn a lot through play, so it’s so much more beneficial for them to explore a toy and play with it in different ways rather than use it for a few minutes then move onto the next with very little imagination. For example, wooden animal cut-outs for a puzzle can also be used as characters for make-believe.

3. Reduces clutter and mess!

The fewer toys that are available to a child, the less there is to dump out all over the floor! If they’re bouncing from one toy to the next quickly, they’re more likely to leave a mess behind. Also, you don’t have to worry about finding space for all your toys if some of them are always hidden away. Toy rotation and organization helps create a system to keep your home less chaotic.

4. Get more use out of toys

Instead of having tons of toys your kids never use, you’ll reignite the fun and joy in each toy because they’ll have forgotten about them. It’s like a brand new toy! It’s so crazy how exciting a toy can seem when it’s been out of sight and out of mind for a few days or weeks.

How to get Started with Toy Rotation and Organization:

You can make this as simple or as detailed as you want! When I first started doing this I literally just took a bunch of random toys my daughter wasn’t using and put them in a bin in a closet. Then after a few weeks I brought them out and swapped them for different toys. She didn’t have a ton of different toys yet, so this worked best. As her toy collection grew, I started making it a little more organized, but do what works for you!

If you want to make it a little more in depth, here’s what I recommend:

1. Create Toy Categories

Gather all of your kid’s toys in one place and sort them based on category. This can also be as general or as specific as makes sense for you. Some ideas for categories are:

  • Musical toys
  • Building toys (blocks, legos)
  • Figurines/ Barbies
  • Stuffed animals/ puppets
  • Imaginative play (play food, play cash register)
  • Baby Dolls + accessories (if your child is like my 2 year old, you have 12 different baby dolls)
  • Cars/trucks/trains
  • Games
  • Sensory/ gross motor
  • Dress up
  • Books
  • Coloring/arts and crafts

2. Separate toys into bins by category

Gather up some bins (the dollar store usually has great ones for cheap!) and put the toys away. The bins can be cute and organized and all the same, or they can just be whatever you have lying around. Don’t overcomplicate it if you don’t need to!

3. Leave out a few toys from each category at a time

How many you leave out will depend on the type of category and your child/ their preferences. For example, you might only need to leave out one or two baby dolls at a time, but you’re likely not going to leave out one or two blocks.

4. Store away the toys out of sight

Try to find a place where the toys are out of sight for your kiddo. I made the mistake of initially just putting them in a clear bin in the playroom closet. My daughter found them randomly and got all excited and begged for me to open it. The good news was, the hiding away worked because she was SO excited about toys she couldn’t have cared less about a few weeks ago. The bad news was she had just made a complete mess of our playroom and I was in no mood to take out a whole new bin of toys.

5. Create a routine (or just rotate whenever you remember to!)

When I first started doing this, I honestly just rotated when I thought about it/ when I saw my daughter getting bored. But some people like to rotate daily, weekly, or monthly. Again, this is totally dependent on what you want to do and what works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to do this with ALL their toys?

It’s up to you! You’ll likely have a few toys that you know they play with constantly, and you can leave them out of the rotation!

What if my kid asks for a toy that’s out of the rotation?

Give it to them! Unless it’s a pain to get to, or you don’t want to add more clutter, it’s totally fine to pull it out.

How often should I rotate toys?

Again, that’s up to you. I do it monthly (ish). I don’t have a set schedule, I just rotate when I notice my daughter getting bored more easily, or I remember I haven’t rotated in a while. Some people do it weekly or even daily. Whatever works!

Final Thoughts on Toy Rotation and Organization:

Toy rotation is a great way to stay organized and to keep your little ones interested and engaged. It helps to reduce the seemingly never-ending clutter that comes with having toddlers, and therefore saves your sanity. Rotating toys helps to prevent overstimulation and keeps kids from getting bored.

Do you rotate toys? Are you going to try this? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you.

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