I flipped out right after Christmas this year. Sick of tripping, stepping over, and moving toys all the time. We ( DH and I) only buy our kids things for b-day and Christmas( and minimally). It the grandparents that feel we deprive our kids. (Whole other thread) We also have NO toys in the bedrooms. Just a few books on a bookshelf.
So, I dove into the club house with trash bags in hand. I had DH install those plastic covered wire shelves from home depot along 1 wall. I then sorted out the toys that they really play with. Each group got it's own plastic box with a snap shut lid. Then I sat at my computer and searched clip art for the contents in the box. (Ex: I went to Magic Cabin and copied the picture of the girl dancing with a play silk. Printed it to come out 4 x4 and then cut it out and used clear packaging tape to totally cover it and make it stick to the side of the box too....Play silk box) What does this do??
1) everything has a home
2) even if you can't read you know exactly where everything goes.
It has helped soooo much. They all have asthma so I have to keep things clean. This makes cleaning the club house a snap for me...because they are required to put their own toys away. I did spend some money upfront for the wall shelving and plastic boxes but it has brought peace to our home.