How I Organize My Kids’ Toys

Back when I only had my oldest son, it was easy to organize his toys. There weren't very many of them, so I just lined them up in a corner of the living room. By the time Baby #3 was almost one year old, I knew I needed a better system. I was constantly stepping on things and, let me tell you, my feet were begging for a solution.

I knew I had to be slightly picky about my choice and did my research. What I didn't want was a wooden chest where the kids might drop the lid on their hands. I didn't want anything flimsy either. I definitely wanted them to have easy access and the ability to help me put them away when they were done playing. Since I had two boys and one girl, I felt the need to separate the boys' toys from my daughter's.

toy buckets

How I Organize My Kids' Toys


So, I bought these buckets. Two blue and one pink. They also came with letters I could use to spell each child's name. The kids were so excited to have their own buckets to put their toys in. I had to take this photo before we filled them up.

Every three months or so, the kids and I spend some time sorting through all of the toys they have accumulated. They choose which ones they want to keep, throw away, donate or sell. The larger toys go in the these buckets and the smaller ones, like cars, blocks, etc have smaller containers we recycled from other things.

Do you have a great system you use to organize your kids' toys? If you are willing to share what it is, please leave a comment.

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  1. I need to come up with a better system of organization – we have multiple toy boxes, but they are incredibly disorganized right now… I love the idea of named bins!  I'd probably label them by toy type since my boys play with the same toys together…

  2. These are so cute! I don't have multiple children, but it would be fun to have several that I could label with the different "types" of toys. My boy is so interested in learning how to spell so I could kill two birds with one stone!

    • MatterofCents says:

      Making a game out of it really does help them learn not only to keep their things organized, but how to spell some of their favorite playthings too. I bought these buckets three years ago and they are still going strong. I am very pleased. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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