Join Date: Jan 2008
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I use different sizes of mesh laundry bags from the dollar store to bag up toys that aren't in use. I keep them in the under-the-basement-stairs cupboard. Bags take up way less room than bins, and you can see what is in the bag easily.
I have some nice boxes/baskets out. I put one kind of toy in each basket. When my kids have trouble keeping the toys tidied up, we assume there are too many toys out and put some away until it is manageable.
When they are bored with what is out, we pack away some toys and bring out fresh bags.
When the cupboard gets overflowing, we cull toys and donate extras.
For example, my children have tons of Little People toys. I had the dollhouse and main street and schoolbus out for a couple weeks, then when they weren't being played with anymore, they got bagged and I dumped the bag of Little People farm/zoo/animal toys into the box instead.
Tonight, I'll be putting those toys away and bringing out the wooden dollhouse and barn instead....
Great thing about the mesh bags, you can wash the toys and put them away slightly damp and they will still dry.