5 Tips to Organize Your Kids’ Toys

How many times have you looking in your little one’s room and wondered when the tornado hit?

5 Tips to Organize Your Kids Toys

It happens to me on a daily basis, forcing me into a constant loop of cleaning and organizing. I recently decided that I could use that time more wisely (like sitting and enjoying a cup of coffee), so I embarked on a mission to organize my son’s toys.

1. Take inventory

Start by putting all of the toys in a pile in the middle of your living room. Scary? Maybe. But a necessary first step. Look at each toy and determine whether it is in good working order (no broken or missing parts, peeling paint, etc.) and age appropriate. Then ask yourself whether your child still plays with the toy.

2. Donate, store, sell or throw away

After sorting through the toys, put each one you are not keeping in a pile to either be donated, stored, sold or thrown away. If you can, do this while your child is napping or out of the house. The last thing you need to hear is eleventh hour speeches about why he cannot live without the monster truck with the missing wheel.

3. Group like things together

Now that you have a pile of toys that you are keeping, sort the toys so like toys are together. You may be surprised at how many of the same type of toy your child has accumulated. My son magically had eight balls. Yes, that’s right. Eight. Have your child choose one or two of his favorite toys where you have multiples and store or donate the rest. You can save space and teach a valuable lesson!

4. Invest in bins or baskets

Group like items together and store them in bins or baskets that you will be happy to look at all day. I choose wicker baskets that matched my decor and are short enough so that my son can reach the toy he wants and put it away when is done.

5. Use ziploc or lingerie bags to store small pieces

As kids get older, the pieces get smaller. We have lost more puzzle pieces because they were loose in the basket. Now, I gather the pieces that go with each toy and put them in either a ziploc or mesh lingerie bag. We have managed to hold on to most of his toys and can locate the pieces quickly.

My son’s room is finally organized and less cluttered. I feel great and, in a very surprising turn of events, he seems happier to have less choices. It is a win/win!

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5 Tips to Organize Your Kids Toys


Written by Jamie Leiberman from twohappymamas.com. We published an earlier version of this post here at 5 Minutes for Mom on Aug 2, 2013.


  1. June S. says

    I have been doing these type of things for years. If it has not been used in a long time it gets donated.

  2. Mia Dentice Carey says

    Everything must have a place…it helped my son so much…I rarely have any problems with his room =)

  3. says

    I do most of these things. We just went through a bunch of stuff and my son held his own yard sale. Organized, set up, sat there all day, and made 20 bucks. To him it was worth it. To me – I would have just donated all of it. :)

  4. Alvina Castro says

    I actually just did this. We always do seasonal clean ups and reorganize so this helps give me more ideas

  5. Mary Dailey says

    I am also a big believer in donating toys to charity. Kids outgrow toys so fast, they hardly get to play with them very long and they still often look brand new.

  6. says

    I try to do these things but still have a hard time. It is a daily task that is for sure. I just need to downsize on the toys. My kids have way too many!

  7. Jilian Deerkoski says

    I repurpose cardboard boxes and utilize all under the bed space for all of the boys’ things.

  8. Jenny Martin says

    We use ziplocs to store all the little lego pieces of a kit–and store all the lego directions in a box!

  9. Tina says

    I do organize my son’s lego pieces I have them in plastic bins as for the rest of his toys I try but have not accomplished it yet but one day I know I will. Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips.

  10. Stephanie says

    I wish I was better at this but I do often go through their stuff to get rid of toys that do not get played with often.

  11. says

    Bins and baskets are my favorite way to organize toys! Donating and purging also helps a lot. I love the ziploc idea – I needed an idea for organizing the small toys so thanks!

  12. Stephanie Bodine says

    Thanks so much for this post! Perfect timing for me to read post as I am going to organize daughters toys and room this weekend. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  13. says

    We really don’t have a system like this but we have one cabinet for arts/crafts/educational games. One cabinet for Little People galore. One toybox for baby toys. And the big girl books are upstairs to protect the paper pages. We’re too spread out in ages (19-2) to have it be much differently for now….

  14. Diane Cooper says

    I have the best intentions on paring down the toys, then I am scared they will be sad something is gone, so I end up keeping their toys until the kids decide to donate them.

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