Home Organizing Challenge Week 8: Playroom/Toys

February 22, 2015


14 Week Organizing Challenge


Welcome to week 8 of A Bowl Full of Lemons 14 Week Organizing Challenge. This week we are organizing the playroom/toys.  If you don’t have kids, spend the week organizing your “hobby” items.  Examples are knitting, scrapbooking, sewing and collections.

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Toy Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


WEEK #8 CHECKLIST: (Print out the free Playroom checklist HERE)


Home Organization 101 14 Week Challenge Checklist



Gather 4 bins, one for each of the following.
  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Trash/Recycle
  • Other Room
  • Go through everything on the shelves, baskets, floors and drawers, dividing into 4 categories. Purge as much clutter as you can.  If your kids haven’t played with something in a while or they’ve grown out it, let it go.  Also if a certain game or toy is a major source of clutter, purge it!
  • Wipe down toy shelves
  • Clean inside & outside of toy bins
  • Clean toys
  • Wash stuffed animals on gentle cycle (check care tag)
ORGANIZE: It’s time to go through everything in the “keep” category. Put the other boxes where they belong. When organizing, remove one item at a time – categorizing it. You can use a different shelf, basket, or drawer for each category. The goal is to categorize! Below are some examples of toy categories.  Label each box with a different category and organize your toys.
  1. Play Food
  2. Littlest Pet Shop
  3. Shopkins
  4. Barbies
  5. Arts & Crafts
  6. XBox
  7. Wii
  8. Legos
  9. Games
  10. Polly Pockets
  11. Dress Up
  12. Strawberry Shortcake
  13. Monster High
  14. American Girl
  15. Bitty Baby
  16. Build a Bear
  17. Rainbow Loom


Toy Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Toy Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


We’ve been using this system for about a year and I can honestly say the mess has stayed away.  There are 5 key points to remember, if you want this type of organizing system to work for you.

  1. Teach your kids to clean up every evening.  If they don’t know how or are not going to be held responsible for this chore, the system will not work.  If they skip a day, 1 day will turn into 2, and 2 into 5.  Then you have a mess on your hands.  Repetition is key.  Don’t give up.
  2. Label each box clearly.  If they see what’s supposed to go inside, they are more likely to organize correctly.
  3. Use boxes with lids.  I’ve tried organizing toys in “bins” with no lids and the problem with that is when it’s time to clean up, they will just throw the toys into the closest bin (because it’s easy).  You can find boxes with lids just about anywhere.  You may even have some at home.  This small investment will save you so much time & headaches in the future.
  4. Keep it simple.  Kids need simple!
  5. Re-organize the bins at least once a month.  Sometimes a stray toy or 2 will get thrown into the wrong bin and before you know it, the box labeled barbies is now everything but barbies.


Organizing Inspiration


Here are several blog posts that will inspire you to get your Playroom & toys organized.

1. Toy room organization

2. Reading nooks for toddlers

3. Playroom Organization



Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolorganizechallenge, blog about the weekly challenges – sharing your before and after pictures and/or share over at my Home Organization 101 group here. Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges!



If you are just joining us, visit the challenge details page here, to learn what it’s all about.



Week 1: The Kitchen

Week 2: The Laundry Room

Week 3: The Pantry

Week 4: Master Bedroom

Week 5: The Office

Week 6:  Living Room

Week 7:  Bathroom



I’ll see you back next week for another organizing challenge.

9 comments on “Home Organizing Challenge Week 8: Playroom/Toys

  1. Sarah says:

    Is the shelf from IKEA? We have the same in our playroom so wondering specifically what storage bins you used to go inside of it (the striped ones). Also, where did you buy them?

  2. Jennie says:

    Where did you purchase the stripe clear plastic bins?

  3. Shannon Watkins says:

    Where did you get those striped bins?

  4. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for sharing! I have a hard time keeping the toy room clean, so this will definitely help!
    I’m going to pin this to my Pinterest board to save for later.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Where did you purchase the shelving unit?

  6. Nakisha says:

    This post has my A type personality drooling over here. This just looks fantastic. If I had just finished this project I would be standing back with a cup of coffee just admiring it.

  7. LAB23 says:

    This is one of my go to sites for organization! Thanks for presenting this storage solutions for children’s playspace!

    FYI. The blue striped bins are from Target. You can order them online. http://www.target.com/p/circo-storage-tote-rugby-blue-stripe-large/-/A-14767353#prodSlot=medium_1_9&term=blue+stripe+bins

  8. Missy says:

    Hi where did u purchase the storage unit?

  9. Angela says:

    Every time you share about toy organization and keeping things clean and neat, I just stare and admire the beauty! I thought I had done well-we have clear Sterilite bins (Show Offs) but they are different sizes. Then we have the odd shaped items sitting on the shelves which further creates a messier look. It works for us, but you’ve inspired me to re-think whether we could fit everything into tubs and all the same size. Most of ours are the shoebox size; so we could pare back and fit things into those. Thank you for sharing this serene sight!

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