How to give their toys a second life: toy rotation & organisation, made easy!
Toy rotation might seem like an unnecessary level of effort at a time when everything seems like a push. But it's one job that will reap many benefits when you take the time, both for yourself (yay, tidy house!) and for your little ones. They'll rediscover special toys, giving you a chance to revel in more quiet, self-directed playtime with less 'I'm bored's', saving you money on purchasing new toys, and keeping things at home fresh and exciting.
There are two stages of toy rotation, and it's important to understand the difference.
#1 GET ORGANISED
The first step is organisation. If your playroom is overflowing, then it helps to get this right first. It might seem painful, but trust us, it's a game-changer and wildly cathartic, too! Once you've got a system in place, you only need to do 'touch ups' during gift-giving seasons or 6-monthly—it's your choice.
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#2 It's time to rotate
The second step is rotation. For those who already have a good organisational system in place for toys, follow these simple rotation tips every 1-3 weeks, depending on your child/ren. With most kids currently at home all day, we believe you will get the best benefits from doing this more frequently.
If it's not possible to reset the play area each night, a dump bin helps keep the area clean and inviting for the children to play in. It also serves as the place your kids go to first when they can't find what they're looking for.
Do your best to put the dump bin items back correctly every few days.
The goal with this style of toy rotation is about setting super realistic goals for yourself and your current situation while teaching your children independent and explorative play. Tweak the system over time to suit your needs—whatever works best for you, your child/ren and your house layout!
Do you have any additional organisation tips that work for you at home? If so, please comment below; we'd love to empower other parents managing the juggle!
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