Kid clutter: the power of modules

I manage my kids’ toys with modules.

Let me explain.

We have buckets for toys that fall into similar categories. My daughter has three modules: one for her stuffed toys, one for her Angry Birds (she’s an Angry Birds fanatic), and one for her dolls / barbies / miniatures.

My daughter's doll module. Getting a bit overcrowded there, but still keeping things tidy!

My daughter’s doll module. Getting a bit overcrowded there, but still keeping things tidy!

And her soft toy module. Keeping everything tidy and in one place.

And her soft toy module. Keeping everything tidy and in one place.

My son has two Lego modules (storage “Lego heads”). Apart from that, he’s pretty much graduated beyond toys.

I trained the kids very early on when they were little to put one set of toys away before getting the next load out. It was pretty easy, but I had to be persistent. Even now they sometimes need reminders!

The modules keep everything neat and tidy, and the kids know where everything is when they want to play with it. They like having everything organised too.

A great advantage of modules is that they restrict space. My daughter knows, for example, that when she receives a new stuffed toy, she has to make room for it in her stuffed toy bucket by passing an old toy on. In this way, she has learned that space in the home is finite, and that it is good to pass things on too.

Modules are a great way to deal with kid clutter. They’re a great system, and they mean no Lego underfoot either! 🙂

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