I am super excited to share this organization system today with all of you!
When it comes to toy organization, I cringe. Literally. There are so many pieces to sort (sometimes teeny-tiny ones), that keeping toys under control becomes really hard. Always scattered around the floors, sometimes in different rooms, all over the house.
Does this sound familiar to you? Well, cringe no more because a big part of that problem is solved!
In this household, it is all about trains, and cars, but mostly trains. And if you have a child between 2 and 5 years old that loves trains, especially Thomas, you know how the collection can get out of hand. Or maybe we spoil our son too much?.
Anyway, we have many collections and one that keeps growing is the Thomas’ Trackmaster sets, which happens to be one of the best sets (next to the wooden tracks and trains) and, the most pricey ones. With that said, I have always wanted to keep these sets in ship-shape and in one piece. Well, there’s no such thing as ‘one piece’, otherwise there will be no point to write this post. But you get it, we want the sets to be complete.
When keeping a space tidy, the challenge I think we all – children and adults alike – face, is not having a designated place for things.
Yes, I know I did not discover ‘warm water’ but in all the commotion of toys scattered around the floors, shortage of time to sort and clean up and tidy up (we all could use more hours in our days, right?), we forget that it all comes down to one thing:
[bctt tweet=”A place for everything and everything in its place. #organization #getitdone”]
I love to think that I finally figured it out and realized that once our belongings (toys, papers, gadgets, anything really!) have a space to call their own, everything runs smoother and we start living clutter free.
And that is how this Ikea Trofast storage system changed this room forever and my 5-year-old is learning how to be tidy while having fun along the way.
Toy Organization: Sorting Parts Makes Playtime Fun
With so many bins available, I decided to assign a bin for all the different parts of the train (trackmaster) sets. Believe it or not, I had 2 small (white) bins and 1 large (red) to spare. So I added two more different toys collections. 1. Small Thomas’ Take and Play engines and others and, 2. a small cars track set.
How I sorted the items could be irrelevant to you if you are looking to store different kind of toys. However, I think this will give you an idea on how sorting and classifying can help your child become more tidy and enjoy playtime even more.
This is how I used the bins:
- Bridges and towers
- Tracks Type 2 (they belong to one particular set)
- Straight tracks
- Curved tracks
- Little engines and loose pieces
- Take and play engines and loose pieces
- Big bridge towers (they belong to one particular set)
- Cars track set
We wish we had an enormous playroom, where all these train tracks could be set up and stay set up. But we don’t. Lucky for us, our son has the spirit of a railroad engineer so he loves to take tracks apart and rebuild them in his own way. He’s very creative I must add. I am sure every other kid that loves train is just like him.
So, by sorting pieces our son is able to find exactly what he’s looking for when he needs it without having to go on a scavenger hunt. Curved tracks are here, straight tracks in there and all the engines are easily accessible and visible. Is very easy to spot each and every one of them!
With this toy organization system, cleaning up is a breeze! Once again: ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. You can’t beat that!
One Quick Tip when Assembling the Ikea Trofast
If you are familiar with Ikea furniture products, you probably know that they are a bit hard to assemble. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, and for a DIY’er like me, putting them together is half of the fun. But, I kind of like using my power drill and to assemble this toy storage system, you need to use the tool included in the kit.
When assembling the Ikea Trofast, jump to the last step FIRST! Yes, I know it sounds crazy but here is the deal: the last step on the instructions is to attach the plastic rails to the inside walls of the cubbies. And I couldn’t.
The plastic rails snap inside and then, you must secure them with screws (included). In this step I could have used my power drill, but I couldn’t because it did not fit between the cubby walls. I tried using a manual screwdriver but, boy was it hard! Maybe because of the awkward position you have to be in or maybe because I was tired and very impatient.
I opted to just snap the rails in and so far (it’s been over a month) they are holding up in place just fine. So, for this particular Trofast: last step first.
Please follow all instructions, and pay close attention to ALL the pictures. There are so many pre-drilled holes in the pieces that it is very easy to get confused. I am not responsible, nor liable if something goes wrong. I am just sharing my experience and advice on what I think would work best.
How do you tame the toy mess? I would love to hear about your ideas and see your projects!
Have a happy Sunday,
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