Before we moved into our new/old house there were already a few drawers in the family room allocated for toys.These drawers house my nieces old toys and some of Cooper’s toys that my parents saved for when he visited. So when we unpacked, we all just threw Cooper’s toys in there without any rhyme or reason. I knew that one day I’d clean out/organize them and that day came a few weeks ago! We’re on week 3 of organized drawers and it’s going really well so far!
Let’s look at the before:
Drawers from the side. There are two of them.
It was just a THROW IT IN and PRAY IT FITS situation.
I started removing stuff from the drawers. There were things in there from my childhood!
I had a few piles for sorting:
STUFF THAT GOES UPSTAIRS
STUFF THAT GETS DONATED
STUFF THAT DEFINITELY DOESN’T BELONG IN HERE
ROGUE TOYS, ETC.
I also went through the toys and donated the ones Cooper doesn’t play with anymore. That’s liberating!
These crayons are from my childhood. There were SO many random things in that bin.
Old lip gloss, staples, glitter, broken pencils, YOU NAME IT. It traveled to Sort-town.
The crayons are now in a container that has a lid!
I also sorted all of Cooper’s art supplies and put it in a portable basket so we can grab them all out when we want to do an art project!
His art supplies, puzzles & board games are in this one cabinet next to the drawers.
And after about an hour of sorting, the drawers looked like this:
I used old boxes/tupperware to separate some of the toys.
And in the other drawer I separated things in bins.
LEGOS / ACTION HEROES / CARS
I’ve found that when I give Cooper some guidelines of where things go, he keeps with it!