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February 9th, 2014, 04:25 PM
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What's your strategy for organizing toys and cleanup? My five year-old daughter plays, leaves a mess on the floor and most surfaces of the family room, and finds it overwhelming to clean up. I find it overwhelming too, to sort through everything on the floor and put them in the correct bins.

Lately, I have been contemplating a huge toy chest to sweep everything on the floor to, and then once a week going through the toy chest. Seems less overwhelming than seeing a huge mess throughout the whole room. Does anybody have ideas and strategies? Thanks.
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February 21st, 2014, 10:22 AM
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My kid's toys are pretty well contained to their rooms. I have used clear tote containers to sort toys into (for example: a tote for my DS's trucks, one for his farm stuff, one for blocks, etc). They are required to pick up their rooms, and any toys they drag out to the family room, every night (no matter how bad the mess is). They have gotten pretty good about cleaning up where it is part of their evening routine. Actually DS will get upset with me if I don't put something away where it goes when I help. LOL! We did go through a spell with DD where she didn't want to pick up her toys. We tried things like making a game out of it (can you pick up more toys than mommy before the timer goes off, how fast can you clean your room, etc) Making it into a game made it a lot more fun and a lot less overwhelming for her. I personally don't like toy chests. I have found them to be clutter collectors when we used them with my DD. For us, it was a place where things (anything and everything...dirty clothes, trash, etc) got tossed and rarely gone through. I also found that more toys got broke while using the toy chest. That is what has worked with us anyway. Hope that gives you some ideas and that clean up gets a little easier for you!
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April 15th, 2014, 12:46 PM
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We have a toy chest in the family room that the girls are able to make a mess and then dump everything back in. If we tell them 5 minutes until clean up it usually happens pretty easily. Not giving them a time limit and then abruptly ending play time usually ends up with me cleaning up
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