How to Make Room for Holiday Toys

Are you looking around your house and wondering where in the world you are going to put the new toys that are headed your way? Sarah Giller Nelson, professional organizer, and owner of Less Is More, shared some great tips with us!

With the holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get the playroom ready for all of the new toys that your children will receive. Here are a few tips to get the job done quickly and easily:

1. Start with the easy stuff. Toss broken toys, puzzles with missing pieces, and dried out markers. Recycle completed coloring books. Donate toys your child has outgrown.

2. Sort, store, and label. Gather like with like and place them in labeled bins and baskets.

3. Make space by creating a rotation system. Select a few sets of toys to store in a large lidded bin in an out-of-the way area, like the top of a closet or the garage.

4. If the task seems overwhelming, break it down into smaller sessions. Set a timer for one hour, turn on your favorite songs, and tackle one bin at a time.

5. Encourage family members to buy experiences, like movie tickets, museum, zoo, or play space memberships, or gift certificates to a local ice cream parlor, rather than toys. Older children will enjoy tickets to skating rinks, climbing gyms, and plays.

Sarah Giller Nelson is the owner of Less is More, the only organizing company in Chicago that specializes in working with busy families. Find anything in your home in 60 seconds or less with organizing services from Less is More.