Now that you have reduced the number of toys in your home after reading Toys - Part 1, it is time for some organizing hints:
1) A place for everything and everything in it's place. Every toy must have a home. If it doesn't, your children won't know where it goes when it is time to clean up, and they also won't know where to look for it when they want to play with it.
2) Small baskets/buckets - each with a separate type or grouping of toys - make it easy for children to put toys away and keep them organized. Avoid large containers because they will be more difficult to dig through, which means they are more likely to be dumped. I like the Kallax (formerly Expedit) shelving and baskets from Ikea as they are just the right size. Target sells a similar system that is a little smaller but would definitely work.
Bonus: Small baskets provide a dedicated 'space' for that type of toy. Once the doll basket is full, for example, no more dolls can come in without making room and letting some older or less favored dolls go. This helps keep the toys under control on an ongoing basis.
3) Labels. Since each basket will hold a grouping of similar toys (like dress-up clothes, dolls, matchbox cars, etc.), you can place a picture label on the front of each basket so that children can see at a glance what is in each one and where to return their toys during clean-up. The easier clean-up is, the more likely it is to happen consistently.
4) Activity sections. Depending on the space available in your home for toys, consider organizing them into activity sections - one area for reading, one for art, one for blocks and/or legos, etc. In my house we don't have enough space for this setup, but for those with dedicated playrooms, this is a great way to organize it and give the room a sense of order that will be logical to children.
In addition to decluttering and organizing, consider packing away 1/2 of the toys so that you can rotate them every 4-8 weeks or so, giving your children some variety. This helps keep even a smaller toy collection exciting and allows for easier clean-up each day with fewer toys to pull out.
What are your favorite toy organization tips? Feel free to share in the comments section below!