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February 9th, 2014, 04:26 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 15th, 2014, 08:26 AM
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We have labeled bins and drawers for toys.

I made a clean up chart for when the girls were in Pre-K and Kindergarten. The chart had a picture or drawing of each type of toy with the name. They went down the list. Ex: First was Mini Lalaloopsy dolls. Next, Littlest Pet Shop. Then, Barbies, dress up clothes, books, etc. For the first few months I photocopied the chart. They put a check in the box after each type of toy was cleaned up. I, of course, had monitor and remind at first. Once they got the hang of it they didn't need to put a check in the boxes after each toy. They learned that it took a long time to put away toys if they took them all out. They started getting selective with what they played with, too.

Using a chart wasn't new to them either. We've used charts to lean getting ready routines and bed time routines.

Good luck!
Mom to 4 girls - age 11 (1/05), 9 year old twins (1/07), 21 months (7/14) and baby BOY is due May 26, 2016.

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February 18th, 2014, 03:45 PM
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Thank you so much! That's super helpful. A checklist is an awesome idea! And my daughter is into checklists right now, so it's perfect. I'm excited at the prospect of her learning to choose/play more neatly in order to avoid long cleanup later. What a great skill to learn. I'm going to use charts for other things now too. Thank you so much for sharing!
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