Keeping playrooms NEAT can be a challenge for even the most seasoned parent. Whether you have an entire playroom for toys or a small area in your living room, here are a few ideas to keep those toys NEAT!
1) Keeping it Simple:: Keeping your system simple will take the stress out of “clean up time”. Avoid creating specific categories for toys and stick to broad categories such as “Dolls” and “Cars”. This will help speed up the process of cleaning, create opportunities for your children to be successful, and reduce tears along the way!2) Rotate Toys:: If you find that you have too many toys in your playroom, place half of them in a bin and store for future use. At a later date, bring out the binned toys and swap them with the current toys in the playroom. This helps keep the playroom fresh and reduces the need to purchase new toys. It will be like a whole new playroom ready for creativity!
3) Labels, Labels, Labels!:: Labeling bins will help keep the toys in the right spot. If you have a non-reader, you can add pictures to the labels. This will also help build those early literacy skills (an added bonus!). Keep plenty of labels on hand to replace the existing ones when toy categories change as a child ages.
4) Editing Toys:: As we all know, kids grow fast which means their interests change frequently. Therefore, setting aside time to edit the toys that are not appealing to their age group is vital. After a birthday or holiday is the perfect time to part ways with the old favorites. Make it fun and maybe even take your child to give their old toys to kids in need!
5) Budding Artists:: Every household with children inherits new masterpieces weekly. Keeping up with the amount of artwork can be a challenge. Make an art gallery wall out of old frames where your child can store their favorite pieces. For all of their other pieces, you can create an Instagram account and take pictures of their artwork to create a digital copy. You can then the ChatBooks App to turn your instagram pages into a book. There are also services like ArtKive where you send in your child’s artwork and receive a beautiful coffee table book full of memories. This will help keep the memories of the masterpieces, without having to store the masterpiece.6) Call in Neat:: And last but certainly not least, don’t be afraid to call in the NEAT girls to help. Sometimes life gets too busy and using professionals to get the job done quickly is just what you need. Sarah & Devon, owners of NEAT Method Atlanta and their team of organizers would love to help you live The NEAT life!
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