Home Organization Challenge Week 12: Toys

March 26, 2016

Home Organization Challenge

Welcome to week 12 of the Home Organization 101 Challenge. This week, we’re purging toys. Take a look at your children’s toys. Do they play with all of them?  Have they grown out of them? Take inventory and try to simplify as much as possible. You can even get your kids involved in the process.  If you don’t have children, concentrate on your hobbies & craft area.


Toy organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


If you are new to the challenge, look over the details then begin working at your own pace.  For encouragement, join our Home Organization 101 Facebook community and share your progress or struggles. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing. If you’re on Instagram, share your progress using the hashtag #2016abfolchallenge.  Don’t forget to print out the complete 14 week schedule and checklists below.

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For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as tons of pictures and tips that will help you organize your spaces each week. No need to log onto the computer for inspiration, this manual has it all!


The Complete Book of Home Organization  by A Bowl Full of Lemons



Toy organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons
Toy organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons



Here are few blog posts that will inspire you to get the toys organized.



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!


The 2016 Home Organization Challenge Instagram




Take a few days this week to clean out and organize the toys. Purge as much as you can. Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #2016abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and  share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization 101 group here.  Keep up the great work. I’ll see you back next week for week 13 of the challenge. Happy Organizing!


4 comments on “Home Organization Challenge Week 12: Toys

  1. Dawn says:

    I’m a little bummed that I just found your blog for the 1st time today. I soooo wished I would have discovered it at least 12 weeks ago. Better late than never. I just sent a join request to your FB group, and tonight I will be starting week 1. Wish me luck!

  2. Aimee says:

    I’ll try this, thank you! With my boy is really hard to organize all the toys so the house is tidy.

  3. Amy says:

    I’ve been looking for totes like this everywhere! Can you please tell me where you got them? My next project is the kids playroom and this is my inspiration!

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