It is that time of year again. The time of year that the days get longer, the flowers start to bloom and the house gets a good spring cleaning. It seems the most daunting task each year is tackling the kids’ playroom. Between Christmas and birthday presents, McDonald’s toys and other odds and ends, it is overflowing and in need of a good clean-out. If you are looking to get your child’s playroom or bedroom looking neat again, I have gathered up a few tips for you.
1. Tackle it Alone!
In my opinion, your best bet is to wait until the kids are not around. If your kids are anything like mine, they are miniature hoarders and the thought of permanently separating them from any toy will throw them into a full tantrum. If your child is older and can part ways with their belongings easily, by all means, let them help!
2. Analyze and Separate
When going through my kids’ stuff, I make three piles: Outgrown, Broken and Keep. Obviously, the Broken pile is easy – just throw it away! When going through your stuff, you will also find items that your child just doesn’t play with. I usually add those to the Outgrown pile as well.
For everything in your Keep pile, you will want to make sure everything has a proper place. Personally, we use a modular cube storage system. Bigger items can still sit nicely on a shelf and the smaller items get tucked away inside a storage tote. For bigger, odd-shaped items such as race tracks, I tuck those away in the toy chest. I also like to make labels so that the kiddos have no excuse as to where a toy is supposed to go!
4. Make Money
Remember that Outgrown Pile? Now is the time to decide what to do with it. You can donate your items to a local thrift store or choose to sell your items at a garage sale, at your local consignment shop or sell your stuff online. I always found that infant toys sold well at consignment stores, Craigslist and Ebay. If you have any DVDs, CDs, Games and other Electronics, check out the US site of Music Magpie to turn your old stuff into cash.
5. Enjoy your Organized Playroom
Although the task probably seemed daunting, a clean and organized playroom is worth all the hard work. Sit back and enjoy all your hard work!
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Music Magpie. Although I was compensated for this post, all opinions written and expressed are honest and my own.