Playroom Organization: 5 Ideas to Make Room for New Toys

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Playroom Organization

We're a few weeks into the New Year and if your house is anything like mine, it looks like a Toy Store has exploded in at least one room, if not a few of them.  Not only did the girls get totally spoiled at Christmas, but Moreaya's Birthday Party was just a few days into 2013 so we added even more after that!

So, what do you do with all these toys?!  It's time to tackle Playroom Organization!

Organized Play Room

Playroom Organization

1.  The first step in Playroom Organization is to cut down the supply.  It's always a good idea to purge some of the older toys that your children don't play with anymore.  We do this in a couple of ways:  Some I sell in a Children's Consignment Sale {if they're still in great quality} and others we pack up to donate to a local charity.

2.  Shelves and Totes are tremendous space savers and help the whole room look more organized.

Playroom Shelves

We picked up these small shelves from Walmart, but there are a number of 3-Shelf Bookcase options available at Amazon too.  I prefer to not be the highest of quality, an inexpensive and sturdy version that is the perfect size for the girls' play room.  That way if they get scuffed or scratched, I don't stress out.

3.  One key to organization is getting your kids to understand putting their toys in a specific place when they're done playing.  Storage bins and labels are perfect for this.  I found our storage bin at a local garage sale, but there are a ton of Toy Organizer and Storage Bins available.  Here's an awesome tip though… label your bins!  It's super easy and FREE and will help your children understand where toys go when it's time to clean up!

Toy Bins

What You'll Need:

Label Toy Bin Supplies

Children's Catalog {I got mine from Lakeshore Learning}, Scissors, and Wide Tape

Go through your magazine and cut out toys that are similar to your child's.  I cut out pictures of little people, animals, and transportation toys – to name a few.

Toy Bins Organized

Play Room Organized

You can do this on shelves, like I did with our Puzzles and even more!  What if you have toys that aren't pictured in your magazine?  An easy alternative is to take a picture of your shelves with your camera, print them out and put the picture directly on your shelf!

Play Kitchen

Although my girls aren't quite ready to read, it's never too early to start with letter/word recognition as well.  Putting word labels with your pictures will help your children start to learn language, reading, and writing even when they don't know they're learning!

Organized Legos

4.  Rotate Toys, Special Boxes are a great way to keep your play room organized and toys to a minimum.  Plus, kids LOVE playing with new toys, so if you rotate certain items, they'll always feel like they have new toys!

5.  It's also a good idea to implement a Get One, Give One rules with toys {this can be done with clothing for both adults and children too}.  When your child gets a new toy, they give one away – whether they donate, give to a friend/sibling, or even put into a pile to consign, this keeps the amount of toys manageable.

Do you have any awesome tips or ideas for keeping Playrooms Organized?


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  1. Cassandra Eastman says:

    Wow, I was just telling my husband I need to organize my son's toy room badly yesterday! Thanks for all the great ideas!!!

  2. We don’t have a playroom which makes it so hard to tame. Everything is in the living room. Hopefully the toy room will get built on the basement this year. Love the picture labeling idea!

  3. Nice job! I need to organize things SO BAD!!!

  4. I love the storage bins. Organization is one of the things I really struggle with!

  5. great ideas – it’s so important to have a place to put everything. I find that that is the hardest thing to getting organized and having things stay organized!

  6. I just cleaned my boy’s playroom and I need some of this organization! He is about to have a bday so I need to purge soon!

  7. My biggest challenge will be step 1: cutting down the supply. My son has an astronomical amount of stuff, and he insists that he plays with it all. I really need to go through everything one day when he’s at school and start weeding out the stuff I haven’t seen him touch in ages. Thanks for the tips!

  8. Love those black shelves and your room looks great now!
    We struggle with this. We have a 3bdrm home with 4 people. What used to be our playroom is now our sons room. We built floor to ceiling shelves in there, but it’s not enough. Toys are taking over. Plus my son’s birthday is December 28th, so just 3 days after Christmas.

    My dad gave each of my kids $100 in Toy’s R Us Gift cards for Christmas and then gave my son $50 for his birthday, We still haven’t even used these up! I’m afraid to go lol

  9. We use the Expedit shelving from Ikea to organize my son’s toys. Each type of toy has a place, and he knows where everything goes. We’ve just moved into a new house – and have more space, right now I’m working on taming the toys! Seems that we have too many, and it’s time to donate a few!

  10. First of all, I wish we had a playroom! We only have one child, but he has so much (and some of them are too big for the toy box) that I feel they are all over the place.

    I love your labels idea…so frugal and really good for children who cannot read yet. My only tip was the first one you mentioned, clearing out older toys every now and then. We typically go through my son’s toys twice a year.

  11. Great ideas! It doesn’t take long for a playroom to get completely destroyed, does it?!

  12. Love your ideas! Toys can get so out of control.

  13. Our playroom is all kinds of craziness right now. I need to implement some organization in there. Thanks for the tips.

  14. Julie Kieras (

    We do all this! But I need more shelving!! The other issue is we have a lot of LITTLE toys with pieces (boys!!) and not so many bigger ones. So it’s a constant process of picking up!

  15. Great ideas – especially the one about cutting out the pictures so your children know where their toys belong!

  16. I love the idea of using bookshelves for the larger toys. That’s something we really need to do. And I totally love that Dora puzzle – we have the same one :)

  17. Great ideas! And love the pics. I’m all about organizing playrooms. We go through ours at least quarterly to purge toys we don’t use and rotate toys in/out.

  18. I love those bin things. We have some too!


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