There’s something so magical about watching your kids open presents on Christmas morning! But after a morning filled with tearing paper off presents from Santa, mom and dad, grandparents, and aunts and uncles you’ll be left with a big heaping mess of wrapping paper and toys. It’s easy enough to dispose of the wrapping paper, but finding a place for all those gifts can be a little tricky. Here are some tips on how to organize toys after the holiday:
Get Rid of Old Toys
If you haven’t done so already, try to downsize. Get rid of anything that’s broken, puzzles with missing pieces, or things they don’t play with anymore. If you can thin out your current stash of toys, adding new ones won’t be so overwhelming!
If you can’t fit all the old and new in the current play area, consider rotating the toys. Grab a plastic tote and fill it up. Stash these away in a closet, attic, or basement. Then after a month or so, switch them out. Your kids will love re-discovering toys they may have forgotten about. Plus, your play area won’t be completely cluttered with every toy you own.
Group By Type
As your kids open gifts this Christmas, think about what current category the new toys will fit in. Hopefully, all the new toys will fit into categories you already have. That way, if your child receives a new truck, you can just add it to your “Cars and Trucks” bin. Be mindful of what categories you already have when people ask for gift ideas for your kiddos. If you already have a bin for dolls and a container for trains, maybe ask for more of these items. You won’t need to find a new place for them because you can just add them to your current bins!
If your play area is already crowded, you may need to get creative with your storage solutions. You may need to think up! Add a shelving unit to the room to add storage for the new toys and get clutter up off the floor.
If you are really tight on space in your play space, you may need to rearrange. Try taking out a chair, or another piece of furniture to make room. As kids get older, their toys get smaller, so this will only be temporary. Make the space work for how you need it right now with little kids, then add that furniture back in a few years.
Getting rid of old toys to make room for new ones is the easiest solution, but isn’t always practical, especially if your kiddos love and play with everything they already have. So, get creative with your space and find the perfect spot for all the new toys in your home. If it’s getting really crowded, when family asks what to get the kids next Christmas, tell them they want experience gifts! Movie tickets and gift cards to museums won’t take up any room in your home!