1. EVERYTHING HAS A HOME
Provide enough storage boxes, bins and baskets so that each type of toy has a home. Put frequently used toys in the spots with easiest access. Add simple-to-read labels (or icons of the types of toys for younger kids) so playthings return to their proper place.
2. ONE BIN AT A TIME
Establish a single-box rule for the playroom: Only one toy-type box is opened at a time unless special permission is granted. At the end of playtime, every toy goes to the same box without having to sort.
3. PUT A PAUSE ON PLAY
Make a special rule for instances when a child plans to return to their game after a break, such as lunchtime. In those instances, let them simply tidy up a bit before the break, without putting everything away. Set a deadline for putting everything away later.
4. MAKE IT PRETTY
An orderly space can still have personality. Lively baskets and selectively displayed toys give a playroom energy and inspiration. Choose a color palette that both you and the kids can enjoy—a mix of neutrals with bright colors from artwork, pillows and other accessories.
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