Every year after Hanukkah, we seem to spend a lot of time trying to find homes for all our new stuff. The biggest issue is always the toys. My daughter has a toy box, but it's filled already. Aside from getting ANOTHER toy box, do you have any tips for how we can find places for everything quickly?
Of course I do. Cheat.
The first step is to find out what other people are giving your daughter. You know what you've got. So you cheat and find out what she's getting, to figure out how much room you'll need. Then you have a couple options about where to find space.
First (and this is my favorite), talk to your daughter about donating some of her gently used toys to a charity. Let her know that there are children in our country, in our very town, who don't get everything they want for Christmas, and who sometimes may not even have enough food to eat. Explain that donating some of her toys is a great way to help these children also have a merry Christmas.
Second, kind of along the same vein, is to go through and cull anything that is broken or missing pieces. That's a rule in my house all year long, if something breaks, it goes in the garbage, unless there's a very easy fix or it's a very well loved toy.
Lastly, you can keep absolutely everything you have and just look for some other storage options for her toys. My girls have their toys in Trofast bins from Ikea. It wasn't a huge investment for the bins and cabinets, and I can say that it has helped us with our toy storage tremendously. Every group of toys has its own bin, and so Joey can be playing with the Barbie bin and Kimmie can be playing with the Lego bin, and they both have a very easy task when it's time to clean up.
Toys that are often used in a different room, like the living room, for example, can be stored there with just a little imagination. A basket, or a storage ottoman for that type of toy can help you out there.
If all else fails, I know a great professional organizer, and you'll find some great tips from her and , in a small series I did on organization last year.
Enjoy the holidays and don't stress too much about where to put everything; it'll all find a home eventually!