As parents, we all know how quickly our child's toy collection can get out of hand. With so many toys, it's easy for them to become cluttered and disorganized, making it difficult for our little ones to find what they're looking for. But did you know that organizing your child's toys can also be an opportunity to make your home more eco-friendly? Here are some creative and easy eco-friendly toy storage organization tips to take control of your child's playthings while also reducing your environmental impact.
Use Recycled or Reusable Containers
Instead of buying new plastic bins to store your child's toys, consider using recycled or reusable containers. Old cardboard boxes, wicker or cloth baskets, and even cloth bags can be great alternatives. You can also repurpose old containers, such as coffee cans or mason jars, to create unique storage solutions.
Here are some examples of eco-friendly storage boxes that we are currently using for play food.
We are re-purposing cosmetic bags to hold our Knock-Knock game cards and our small cars.
Donate or Recycle Unused Toys
If your child has outgrown certain toys or simply doesn't play with them anymore, consider donating them to a local charity or shelter. Another idea would be to host a yard sale and use the proceeds to purchase a new eco-friendly toy your child will enjoy. The circular economy can be a powerful way to turn your trash into someone else's treasured toy! You can also recycle toys that are no longer usable, such as broken plastic toys or puzzles with missing pieces.
Create a Toy Rotation System
Instead of having all of your child's toys out at once, consider creating a toy rotation system. This involves storing some toys away and rotating them out periodically to keep things fresh and exciting for your child. Not only does this help with organization, but it also encourages play. Less time spent choosing, pulling out, and putting away toys! A parent/child win-win!
Examples of some of our toys that are "out of rotation". These are in a closed bookcase, but still accessible.
Choose Sustainable Materials
When purchasing new toys, opt for those made from sustainable materials, such as reclaimed wood or organic cotton. These materials are not only better for the environment, but they also tend to be more durable and long-lasting than plastic toys.
Eco-Friendly Toys with Storage Included
Choosing eco-friendly toys with included storage helps to keep the space organized and clutter-free, without any additional work! Check out our list below of win-win toys.
By implementing these eco-friendly toy storage solutions, you can not only keep your home organized but also reduce your environmental impact. So get creative and have fun with it!