I know there have been a lot of toy threads, but I'm looking for some new inspiration. I have three boys (6, 4 and 2) and we do not have a lot of toys by current standards (as in, I've been to some friends houses who have 3x as many toys and they only have one child). I am constantly giving toys away and throwing away pieces and broken toys. Literally, bag loads before Christmas and usually a bag once every few months. So, while I know getting rid of some more toys would help, I don't think it's the biggest problem.
The biggest problem is the kids just go through everything like tornadoes and do not pick up after themselves. Our basement playroom is constantly destroyed. I don't mind it being a little messy - that's why its great to have a playroom. But every bin we have is dumped on the floor, toys scattered everywhere, even their two chairs for a table are overturned usually. My 6 year old is pretty conscientious about his legos (keeps them on a table in the basement), but my 2yo enjoys pulling entire bins of legos off the table and dumping them on the floor. Keeping them out of reach would be a great idea, but he is a climber and can get them off of shelves, too. My 4yo loves action heroes and drags 6 or so of them upstairs and plays with them on the stairs and then just leaves them there, along with the space ship he was using. When I see that someone has left something out I usually tell them to put it away, but I can only monitor their toys for so many minutes a day. I'd be following them around all day telling them to put stuff away if I really wanted it tidy.
I am just so sick of that room being a total disaster. DH and I have a mega clean and sort about once a month down there. And we get the kids to help for part of the time. I told my 6yo that we're starting a new rule - as soon as you're finished playing you have to put your toy/s away before moving on to something else. But I don't quite know how I'm going to enforce that (maybe take something away that is sitting out for a period of time?) I am just fed up and want to know what other people do who have several children and don't have the ability to sit and monitor their childrens play all day??