Joshua’s toys are fast degenerating into a disorganized mess, which makes retrieval difficult and is soon driving me crazy. Thus, I have to find a way to organize them so that Joshua can find his toys easily and I will have the satisfaction of keeping track of the toys at my finger-tips. Here is what I have done, which I would like to record down for future reference, in case I forget what I have learned and improvised to suit my needs:
4. Sort Toys
To organize the toys, section-by-section, I went through each item and sort it into three piles: give, keep and throw.
Next I categorize the toys for storage into the following groups:
1. Puzzles (both wooden &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; jigsaw)
2. Board Games
3. Wooden blocks
4. Toy for rotation
5. English Books
6. Danish Books
7. Chinese Books
8. Art Supplies, magnetic drawing board, etc.
10. Science + Nature
12. Little People + Animal Figurines
13. Wooden Train Set
14. Theatre play puppets &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; props
15. Cleaning toys such as brush and dustpan, vacuum cleaners, etc.
16. Alphabet &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; numbers toys
17. Alphabets materials (A,B,C letter magnets, alphabet puppets, Leap frog)
18. Numbers materials (1, 2, 3 number magnets)
19. Play dough supplies
20. Art supplies + Colouring books (Stock)
21. Finished Artworks
22. Tray supplies
23. Educational DVDs and music CDs
24. Toys for rotation (a few shelf spaces)
25. New Books for future
26. New Toys for future (a few shelf spaces)
27. Baby Toys (toys that Joshua almost growing out of)
28. Empty toy storage boxes/containers
29. Sports equipment (e.g. table-tennis bats and balls, tennis rackets and balls, badminton rackets, etc.)
I place these following groups of toys in baskets for play on the floor:
30. Musical Instruments
31. Cars &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; vehicles
32. Kitchen toys
33. Dress up Chest
34. Stuff toys
5. Label Toys
• I first labeled the shelves/boxes with sticky yellow post-it-note, so that I can easily move around until I am satisfied.
• Once I am happy with it, I will label them with words and picture for quick recognition (I haven't complete this yet). This is a good way to familiarize your child with words while helping him stay organized.
Some of the storage equipment and supplies are avavilable in Amazon: