It’s Dark, Quiet, and Oh So Peaceful… $&#@!
I search the floor frantically trying to find the culprit. TRICERATOPS!!
*Shakes fist angrily at the sky*
Stepping on toys in the dark. You know the feeling. And I’m here to say IT MUST STOP! #Savethefeet
That’s why I have taken steps to reduce the amount of objects left on the floor, and you can too. A simple nightly routine of picking up, like 5 mins, can save you toes unimaginable pain. Another huge help is keeping the toys fairly sparse and in a ✨TOY ROTATION✨. Doing this keeps the toys in a manageable amount, and continually fresh and engaging to your kids.
A Toy Rotation is where you divide each kids toys into 2 or 3 sets. Then every week, 2 weeks, or month you exchange the toys for a different set. You can choose whatever timeframe works best for your family. A super important step of this system is that the previous set MUST be collected and put away before the new set can enter the play space. The new rotation can be framed as a “reward” for picking up. (This system also works well for children’s books)
Kids never play with ALL their toys all the time. Plus on average they have way more than they ever possibly could. Simplifying their choices relieves stress on them the same way a clean house can make YOU feel better. If your child has favorite toys DO NOT put them in the rotation until the affection wanes.
*Bonus* If you notice the same toys or types of toys are being ignored every switch it’s time to get rid of them. Donate, consign, and hand down any toys that still have some life left in them.
✨Are you overwhelmed by toys too? Have you ever tried or thought about a toy rotation? Do you need help setting one up for your family? Let me know!