messy playroom

Managing your toddler’s toys can often feel like a daunting task. From soft toys to push along tractors, the many toys scattered throughout your home can quickly turn into a cluttered chaos.

In this blog, we'll explore practical strategies to help you organise toddler toys and reclaim much-needed space in your home.

With simple yet effective tips and tricks, we'll guide you through the process of decluttering, grouping, and storing toys in a way that not only fosters creativity and play but also promotes a sense of calm and order.

Say goodbye to toy-induced stress and hello to a clutter-free sanctuary that both you and your little one can enjoy living in.

In this guide:

Our Favourite Toy Organisation Hacks

  1. Get Your Children Involved

  2. Downsize the Toy Box

  3. Organise Toys by Type

  4. Use Bookshelves Instead of a Toy Box

Our 5 Clever & Easy Toy Storage Ideas

  • Think Outside the Toy Box

  • Make Use of Hanging Storage

  • Clear Plastic Drawers Are Your Friend

  • Use Clipped Lids for Restricted Toys

  • Hide the Mess

Tips for Organising Toys in a Small Playroom

Our Favourite Toy Organisation Hacks

Discover our favourite toy organisation hacks, guaranteed to transform the chaos of toy clutter into a organised and tidy play space for your little ones.

1. Get Your Children Involved

This is a trick I often use in my own home. The key is to make it fun rather than feeling like a chore.

Avoid pushing little ones beyond their limits by attempting to complete everything in a single day; instead, dedicate a small chunk of time each week to conquering the clutter.

  1. Beat the Timer Game – Set a timer for 15 minutes and focus solely on picking up items and putting them away until the timer goes off.

  2. "Scavenger Hunt" Cleaning Game – Write out a list of the usual items you want your child to pick up. As you clean, they can hunt for the items on their list and make sure it's where it belongs before checking it off the list.

  3. Use Toys to Clean up Toys – Load small toys and books into a dump truck, like our Tonka one, or a toy wagon, and transport them to their designated storage area.

2. Downsize the Toy Box

Kids develop quickly, so it's important to regularly go through their toys and get rid of any they've outgrown or lost interest in.

While it's natural to feel sentimental about beloved toys, decluttering often begins with tackling those overflowing toy boxes. You could donate them to a local charity or pass them on to a friend or family member with younger children.

3. Organise Toys by Type

Separating toys into categories can help maintain organisation, speed up cleanups, and keep track of toys.

The aim here is to limit the choices within each toy category – like puzzles, soft toys, etc – making it easier for your child to select one toy at a time.

Some ways we like to group toys include:

  • Small figures and figurines

  • Toy vehicles

  • Soft toys and teddies

  • Art and craft supplies

  • Board games and cards

  • Puzzles

  • Outdoor toys

4. Use Bookshelves Instead of a Toy Box

Using bookcase toy storage will encourage you to be more orderly since they are visible rather than all being dumped into a toy box. This setup also makes it much easier for your children to see all of their toys and access them easily.

Try grouping toys and storing them on shelves in trays and pretty baskets for a beautifully organised solution.

Our 5 Clever & Easy Toy Storage Ideas

Discover our 5 clever and easy toy storage ideas, perfect for keeping your child's play area tidy and organised. From hanging storage to plastic drawers, these solutions will make cleanup a breeze.

1. Think Outside the Toy Box

Storing smaller toys, such as our Siku mini tractors, can be quite a challenge. It often feels like these toys are scattered all over the house.

The good news is that you can get creative with storage solutions, such as putting them on display when they're not in use, which not only makes them more accessible but also adds a charming touch to any child's bedroom.

Retailers like Ikea offer some fantastic wall shelves at very reasonable prices, making it easy to keep those toys organised and within reach.

2. Make Use of Hanging Storage

A simple yet effective solution for keeping those much-loved soft toys off the floor is using hanging shoe organisers, which can be placed inside a wardrobe or hung behind a door. 

Having a designated place for soft toys, with a limited number of pockets, will also help prevent them from taking over the house.

3. Clear Plastic Drawers Are Your Friend

Clear plastic drawers are excellent for organising items like craft supplies, Schleich figures, and accessories.

They can be labelled, allowing your child to see exactly what's inside the drawer and easily know where to return items after playtime.

4. Use Clipped Lids for Restricted Toys

Storage boxes with clipped lids are excellent for toys you don't want to be easily accessible, such as messy toys that require supervision during use.

5. Hide the Mess

Under bed storage is fantastic for concealing clutter! I once used two brightly coloured underbed storage boxes for my little ones, which stored a variety of dressing-up clothes.

Now, they have upgraded to big kid beds with built-in storage drawers.

Tips for Organising Toys in a Small Playroom

With limited space, it's essential to make the most of every inch while maintaining a fun and functional environment for your little ones. Here are five top tips to help you conquer the clutter and create an organised oasis for playtime:

  1. When space is tight, think vertically! Install shelves, bookcases, or wall-mounted organisers to make use of vertical wall space.

  2. Choose furniture pieces that serve dual purposes, such as ottomans with hidden storage, or kid's play tables with built-in storage.

  3. Use clear bins or baskets to store toys so that kids can easily see what's inside. Labelling containers with pictures or words helps children identify where toys belong and encourages them to help clean up.

  4. To stop the playroom from becoming overcrowded, consider introducing a toy rotation system. Store some toys out of sight and rotate them every few weeks to keep playtime fresh and exciting.

  5. Divide the playroom into different activity zones, such as a reading nook, craft corner, or dress-up area.

The more organised your playroom is, the easier it will be for children to find and put away toys in their designated areas.

Summary: Keep Your Home Organised With Farm Toys

We hope you have found this blog post jam-packed with top tips for keeping your home organised useful. We have covered everything from getting your children involved to thinking outside of the toy storage box.

With these simple yet effective tips, we are sure you'll transform the chaos of toy clutter into a tidy and organised play space that both you and your little one can enjoy being in.


How Do You Set Up Toys for Toddlers?

Setting up toys for toddlers involves creating designated play areas with easy access to toys and ensuring toys are organised in a way that encourages independent play and exploration.

How Do You Declutter Toddler Toys?

Start by sorting through toys to identify ones that are no longer used or loved, donate or sell those in good condition, and organise the remaining toys into categories or storage solutions that make them easy for your toddler to access.

How Often Should Toddlers Get New Toys?

Toddlers don't necessarily need new toys frequently; it's more important to focus on the quality and variety of toys rather than quantity. Consider introducing a toy rotation system to keep playtime fresh and exciting. 

Kelly-Ann Victor

Kelly-Anne Victor

Hi, I'm Kelly-Anne, proud mum to Henry and Carmen. I lead all things marketing at Farm Toys Online. Alongside Julia, I'm on a mission to rescue kids from screens, focusing on helping parents choose the perfect farm toys that spark imaginative play. My favourite tractor brand is Massey Ferguson, and when it comes to horses, I adore a Welsh Pony!

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