Toy Rotation

What is a Toy Rotation & Why Do You Need One?

When it comes down to it, my kids just have too many toys. And let me clarify: We aren’t the ones buying them, they get spoiled from both sides of the family! The problem got so bad that we had to start saying “no more toys” on birthdays, because I just couldn’t take it anymore. Rather than get rid of everything (which felt like throwing everyone’s money away), I implemented a toy rotation. This has worked out so well for us that I wanted to share some details in the hopes that it would help someone else!

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What is a Toy Rotation?

A toy rotation is when you divide your toys up into different categories (or themes) and choose to only have one category of toys out at at a time. The other categories then get stored in a place like your basement, garage, or attic.

Over time you rotate each category of toys. My kids can go a few weeks to a month before they’re over it and need something new to play with.

Why Should You Start One?

The initial set-up takes some determination and time, but once you’ve got that toy rotation implemented you’ll be singing my praises!

  • Spend Less Time Cleaning Up: Think about only having 1/4 to a 1/3 of your current toys out at a time. How much tidying time would that save you every day? For me, it also means less yelling at my kids to clean-up. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one less fight?
  • You Can Stop Buying Toy Storage: No more blindly buying storage to try and solve the problem. With a toy rotation you can focus on using your current toy storage more thoughtfully.
  • Toys Are More Contained: Implementing a toy rotation also means toys are less likely to leave the designated play area. With 2/3 to 3/4 of their toys out of the picture, your kids will have more room to spread out and play.
  • Your Kids Can Enjoy All Their Toys: Your kids will actually start playing with ALL of their toys. Because they have less to choose from, they’ll be more engaged with the toys that are available to play with.

I hope that this post inspires you to start rotating your toys! If you need help implementing a toy rotation, you need to join the Perennial Mom Squad!

Do you have any tips for implementing a toy rotation? What works for you?

For more tips on getting organized, head over HERE. Want a breakdown of my playroom, head over HERE.

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