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Jan
27
2014

One of my neighbors mentioned to Rick recently that she really needed to clean out her house. He responded, “Invite my wife over. She’ll have the place practically empty by noon. And she’ll enjoy it.”

He’s right. It’s sort of half sickness half hobby. I’m practically euphoric on bulk pick-up day. I scour the house for items to toss, recycle or give away.

Still, I’m not the ultimate queen of anti-clutter. That title belongs to my friend Rmonica (name has been changed) in New York who gets rid of toys BEFORE her kids grow into them. And she has a coy, genius way of convincing you that you need her used stuff.  One time I drove off with some ridiculous big wooden train of hers and was half way home when I realized I had been outwitted by the queen.

So when the company ToyTainer contacted me, I was intrigued. Because ToyTainer creates toys that are also storage solutions. For example, this firetruck has storage space inside to store all those Matchbox cars or Legos you keep stepping on….

ToyTainer Firetruck

And there is an ice cream truck too…

ToyTainer Ice Cream Truck

They have other fun play/clean-up solutions like this one below…

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It’s a playmat and when your child is finished he/she can pull a toggle and all the toys get immediately scooped up into the bag. Then it can easily be hung up.

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I also really liked this fold up basketball net.

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ToyTrainer Basketball boy

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ToyTainer Basketball Net

Isn’t that so neat and organized?!

Or look at this shoebox pop up castle that not only folds up but has storage for toys too.

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You can check out their toys at Target. They are geared towards boys and girls, ages 2 to 8.

And a giveaway!! (THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.)

One lucky reader will receive $100 worth of ToyTainer toys! And the toys will be geared toward the gender and ages of your children.

To enter, simply leave a comment with your best tip for keeping toys organized and also make sure you have liked The Mama Bird Diaries on Facebook. Good luck.

This is a sponsored post. All ideas are my own.

37 Responses to toys even an anti-clutter mom could love

  • Kerri says:

    Put pictures on the boxes of toys so your kids can see which toys go in which box! Eg: one for cars, one for blocks, etc.

  • Lori says:

    I use our end tables as storage to help. All her musical instruments and board games in one, lacing cards and peg board in another. For 2 years this space went unused, but after my AH HA moment, the living room isn’t too shabby!

  • Kristie says:

    Oh please I need organization!!! I can’t give it. The only good one I have is make your kids donate and weed out before birthdays and Christmas.

  • Lindsey says:

    We have those cube systems in every room in our house. And yet the mess. I wish I could attach a photo to this comment.

  • Catherine S. says:

    Right now my only organization strategy is baskets in every room there are toys. We are due for a big toy clean out though…my husband has no mercy when it comes to this. He is the king of toy giveaways!

  • Jenny says:

    I walk around with an emty box and tell my kids anything I see that’s not picked up by bedtime goes in the box and into our next garage sale. The box remains empty to this day!! Love that bag/car map! Want it!!!

  • Michelle C says:

    As my kids have gotten a bit older (6 and 10), our rule is to limit the mess to each of their bedrooms. The rest of the house looks pretty good, but their bedrooms are an embarrassment!

  • Angie says:

    Love this post! As a mom of a toddler living in a 1 bedroom apartment I have also had to de-clutter a lot! We have an area just for her toys in our living room and use the bins (ours is from Step 2) to keep it all organized. One thing I do to help keep things a little neater is I store away certain things that she can only use when she wants to. For example: coloring and paper, animal magnet pieces, puzzle pieces etc. If I always left that out, there would be more of a mess to clean up! She knows to ask for it when she wants to do something and it’s worked to help keep her area a little more tidy and has made my life a little easier :)

  • Ann says:

    My kids each have a big storage container of toys in their room. Once a month I swap it for a container full of toys in the attic. It is like getting new toys once a month and we only have one container of toys to put away each night instead of every toy we own.

  • Lanie says:

    Toy tainers is such a fantastic idea. And, the back of the door basketball makes me think I could kind of play pop a shot in the play room (i realize this might not be as fun as Fat Harry’s but it is worth a try. . .).

    Organizational ideas – hang up a wire with clothes pins to clip up all the art. It is easy to change out too.

  • Jenny says:

    Wow, those toys are great! My only tip is to pay attention to which toys your kid actually plays with and then, when she’s playing at a friend’s house, pack up the unpopular toys and take them to a donation center. I love decluttering!

  • Kjirsten says:

    The cube systems…and the basement. We have a lot of storage shelves in our basement, so we regularly rotate toys into the basement. They seem like new toys when they come back upstairs, and when they haven’t been played with in a long time, I know it’s time for them to be donated. I’m with you, I love getting rid of stuff. And I love it even more when I can trick my friends into taking it!

  • beachgirl says:

    I use the Ikea storage system in the kids playroom and they generally tidy up after themselves and even if barbie is hanging out in the dinosaur box at least they are off the floor and I don’t care…barbie is probably having a blast! Love those ice cream trucks!

  • Stephanie says:

    just this weekend we moved the kids junk… uh, treasures… to a special “fort” (closet) under the basement stairs. We’ll see how long that lasts. Thankfully, as they get older the toys get smaller (although pricier). We can’t wait to get rid of all of the toddler toys.

  • Jennifer says:

    We use plastic bins and only have one out at at time… doesn’t always work though. Love the ideas in your post!

  • Julie says:

    I try really hard to store toys away that I think they’re too old for, then they sneak a glimpse of them in a closet or something, and they have to start all over with the damn things. I’ll try anything for more organization!!

  • Laurie says:

    I am a big fan of the storage cubby thing (very technical term) way of doing things. They are easy for the kids to pull out but things are still kind of hidden.

  • LB says:

    My 2 favorite organizational tools are more for cleaning up what was left out:
    1. trash bags
    2. vacuum
    Both are fairly effective motivators for my kids.

  • Katie F. says:

    limiting what they actually have has been our best solution – and definitely decluttering their stuff when they aren’t there to stop you from donating/trashing things – they NEVER miss it!

  • Chandra says:

    We clean out about twice a year and donate toys. Everything that remains is in baskets and bins, etc, so it “appears” organized although figuring out what is in each basket, bin etc….. is a total crapshoot.

  • Jen says:

    We use baskets in almost every room. I have also found that pencil cases and boxes work really well for the small pieces. I definitely agree and love donating and getting rid of old things. Out with the old and in with the new :)

  • masha says:

    I have invested in cubbies. 17 stacked up cubes for holding all of her toys. We are working on putting things back into the cubbies when we are done playing :)

  • Bethany says:

    We have a large storage unit (super cute) in my son’s room. It has plenty of drawers for him to put his toys in. It’s also our toy limit…when they no longer fit in the storage system, we must get rid of some!

  • Laura says:

    I use cubbies that are organized by toy type (kitchen cubby, car cubby, craft cubby etc). I also buy furniture with storage space, like storage ottomans and a trunk for the foot of the bed with lots of storage.

  • I want that toy mat with the drawstring! Holy creative genius!

    My de-clutter-organizational tip? Bins, bins, bins! But everyone does that. And it doesn’t work magic because stuff has to go IN the bins and it requires parental supervision to do so.

    My best tip is cycling toys…we pack toys away for a month or two at a time and then swap with what’s already out. The kids feel like it’s a new toy and it reduces the toys cluttering the house. It also amazes me how a toy I’ve assume they’ve grown out of becomes interesting again. Just yesterday my four year-old twins found the little pull toys we had on their infant carriers and were using them as puppets in some convoluted make believe world with their My Little Ponys and Duplos!

  • Jeneen says:

    I keep fabric bins or baskets in each room of our house that toys go into. That way when it’s time to clean up it’s easy and my kid is young enough that he doesn’t care if they are organized by type.

  • Gigi says:

    We have built ins for storage but also purge toys before Christmas and thei birthdays to make room for new toys.


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