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Get rid of clutter

Do you get overwhelmed with clutter? Most likely you do or you have just accepted it because you don't know how to get rid of it but if it's bothering you it is most likely doing the same thing to your child. Consider getting rid of toys that aren't used, broken, or you have double of and having a place for each toy item. Cubicles and baskets are my favorite things to use when it comes to organizing the kids toys. Each shelf is dedicated to one toy item and each basket is for one toy item as well. Our baskets have legos, cars, magnetic tiles, train/town set, animals, etc. I'm them. I do a toy rotation with the toys. This keeps them "new" and helps them have to get creative when it comes to play. If you want to learn about benefits and how to do a toy rotation check it out here.


Mini Clean ups

Through out the day trying doing mini clean ups. This has been something we have been doing and it has been so helpful! "Before we paint the paw patrol toys have to be cleaned up." Sometimes it gets picked up right away (Owen 2yr does this himself) or sometimes they just start playing with the toy right again instead. Either one works for me because a mess gets cleaned up or they play independently, so it's still a win win. I always intentionally choose a toy for them to pick up that has multiple parts to it not just one exact items. Examples-legos, paw patrol, magnetic tiles, books, doctor stuff, etc.


Play music

Sometimes we just make it fun! Dancing and singing always makes cleaning better. Yes, it might take longer but it will be more enjoyable for everyone. We have played the clean up song or I will play a favorite song of theirs. Let them choose if they are old enough choices make them feel more in control.


Number pick up game

This works best for children who are able to understand that a number represents a quantity. For this game choose a number of toys that they have to pick up. Once they have picked up that amount they are done.


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