If your idea of sorting out the kid’s toys is to shut the door to the play room or throw everything into a toy box, don’t worry you’re not alone. But, there is a way to have a clutter-free house without getting rid of all the toys.

Steph Pase is a mum of two girls, a blogger and lover of interiors and organisation. In fact, she considers organising one of her hobbies.

“I absolutely love the feeling of conquering a chaotic, cluttered space and it becomes a functional organised area,” she writes on her website, Just Another Mummy Blog.

“It makes life run so much smoother, you will find you even save money because you realise all the things you already own and stop rebuying the same items!”

The 29-year-old even says that de-cluttering can help reduce stress. “All the clutter that you don’t even realise is fogging your mind and increasing your stress levels will diminsh,” she promises.

To tackle toy organisation in your home, Steph has created this easy step-by-step plan of attack for Bounty Parents.

Day 1 – Declutter – sort/ donate/ throw out

The first step when organising any space is to declutter, we don’t want to be organising junk or broken toys that we don’t need.

Decluttering can be hard for many people, especially when it has sentimental value. Here are my top decluttering questions to ask yourself:

  1. Has this been used in the last 3-6 months?
  2. If I saw this in a store right now would I buy it?
  3. Is there someone I know that would get more use out of this?

Make sure when you are decluttering you start and finish one section at a time. It can be an overwhelming task so it’s important you do this section by section. And remember it always get worse before it gets better! There are three piles you want to make when culling any section of your home: donate, throw and keep.

Steph Pase with her husband, Ryan and daughters, Harper, four and Willow, two.

Day 2 – Organise toys/ things into Categories/ Activity Zones

When it comes to organising any section of your home it always helps to place items into categories. For toys these categories will be like the following:

  • Baby Toys
  • Soft Toys
  • Dolls
  • Lego
  • Blocks
  • Dress Up
  • Games
  • Play Sets
  • Cars
  • Role Play

Once you have all their toys in their own category, we can then decide on storage for each one.

Day 3 – Plan Your Storage

It is so important to plan out your storage. You don’t want to go and buy all these containers and baskets and end up not being able to use them. I always measure spaces and research different options out there for each category I want to store. For example, larger items like soft toys will most likely need bigger storage than lego pieces.

Day 4: Grab the Products You Need

Once you have decided on your toy storage it is time to purchase them! I usually visit my local Bunnings or jump online to find storage that will work for each item, some of my must haves are:

  • Baskets
  • Tubs
  • Cube Shelves
  • Craft Organisers
  • Carry case for storing puzzles
  • Acrylic Tags for labelling

Check out more of Steph’s organisation tips for other parts of the house including the pantry and study on Bunnings Instagram