Let’s face it, toys are unsightly. Toy rooms in a home (especially living rooms used as toy rooms) are huge turn-offs to buyers! Toys in rooms other than bedrooms are deal breakers, so get the children on board by having them keep their special things in their own special place.
I know it’s tough to control the toys when you have very little ones because you want to have an eye on them at all times. An easy solution is to use a floor mat and basket of toys that you can easily tuck away in a closet or cabinet for home showings.
Tip: Having a hard time getting your young children to clean up their toys? I don’t. I provide lots of baskets for my children to easily throw their toys in at the end of the day. I also use the phrase, “In ten minutes Mommy is going to the trash and whatever you want mommy to take to the trash just leave on your floor and I’ll pick it up for you.” I walk into their rooms with a trash bag after the time frame given and lo and behold the room is always clean.
Using this phrase gives my children complete responsibility and control over what they own while making me look like an innocent party who is just trying to help. Make sure to put a time limit on that phrase, so the child knows when they can expect the trash bag. I may sound harsh but I’ve never had to throw away a toy and yet the phrase works like a charm. Children over the age of three are very capable of picking up their own mess and giving them responsibility and boundaries are a valuable life lesson!
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