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  1. Deanna Brittain says:

    I appreciate how thorough this post is! Thank you!

  2. Flippin’ brilliant!!!

  3. This is great Kelly! I’ve had the insanely huge Toy Rotation HQ pile sitting in my basement waiting for me to “find” time to sort it into bins for ages now. This post was the perfect motivation to tackle it once and for all. The fact that you broke it all down into steps with specifics makes it sound more doable. I think maybe the fact that someone else has the same issue and feels the same about it helps with the toy-induced tantrums you mentioned (that I totally have).

    Thanks!

    1. Ah, I know that feeling well! My first stab at tackling toy rotation involved a big black garbage bag that sat in *our* basement for months. Oops. So glad you’re feeling re-inspired! :-)

  4. Hi Kelly, great article! Do you recommend toy rotation for bigger kids as well? Until what age do you think toy rotation is a good strategy?

    1. Hi Tania, great question! The older the child, the more toys they can handle having out at one time. So if your kids are older, you might aim for fewer toy collections with more toys in each one. But with that said, big kids get overwhelmed too and can definitely benefit from toy rotation. :-) My almost 11-year-old has told me she loves our toy “library” as she calls it. She said she used to feel like all our toys were boring, but now when we get out a new toy collection, she’ll say, “Oh I totally forgot we had this!” I’ve heard from other parents with older kids that they still do the toy rotation and love it, too. Hope that helps!

  5. You are awesome for making this article. The categories of toys to include is incredibly helpful. Thank you!!

  6. Is there an email i could reach out to for specific questions? I want to follow this guide but have someone make sure im doing it right. Playtime is a nightmare here!

  7. Is there an email i could reach out for to ask specific questions? I want to follow this guide but I want someone to guide me to make sure im doing it right. Help! Playtime is a nightmare here!

  8. Hi, what do you suggest for when your kids have guests over to play. My 2 girls have 5 cousins, 3 of which living within walking distance. The house becomes insane after they all visit with toys spread everywhere and something always ends up missing for a few weeks. Would you bring out an extra rotation box when there are more kids? Or would you just see if they could make due with the one on rotation?

  9. Hi Kelly,
    Thank you so much for the detailed process and description of how to move our toys into a toy rotation. I had the toy rotation talk with my 4 year old and hope to start the gathering and sorting process this weekend. I do wonder what your thoughts are on books. I love books and was an avid reader as a child. That is probably the reason why we have soooo many books geared towards kids. Do you but books in a rotation too or do you have a library area/reading nook in your home?

    Thanks!
    Joanna

    1. I have the same question about books! Also art supplies…my kids do some form of art every day, but it creates an absolute mess! Thanks!!

    2. I keep a few books out for my little girl, and switch them when we do toy rotation. It keeps her interested in them, and gives me a break from reading the same stories to her! ;)

      1. We have all of our books on a cube storage shelf in the closet except a few in her room for bedtime stories and a few in the playroom. She knows where the books are if she is looking for a specific one but the ones out get read the most. We rotate them about every other week. I am going to set up a toy rotation this week and plan to rotate everything at the same time.

  10. This is so genius and has worked so well for my family! thank you so much

  11. We did this in my family growing up, and it was great for us! I love how it made us appreciate the toys we had without needing to expand the entire collection when we needed something new. Like a capsule wardrobe, but for toys!

  12. This is an awesome post, thanks for all the wonderful information and ideas. I recently started toy rotation for my kids and love it! I have a question though. One of our themes is “princess/Disney.” What would you suggest putting in the bin for my son for that theme?? I love the themes, my kids do too. But struggling on that one! Any ideas?

  13. This is such a great and thorough post. I’ve been interested in doing this but wasn’t sure how to go about it. I love that you’ve given a specific plan and even printable! Thank you!

  14. I LOVE the idea about sorting into categories. We did The Great Toy Purge last year and it was amazing! Now before any new toy enters our house, we really think long and hard. The toy rotation thing has been hard for us because we don’t have anywhere for them to go. Any suggestions? I grew up in PA so things like this just went in the basement! Now that I’m in AZ, we have no basement and with three dirt bikes in the garage and two cars, and any other little bit of storage we need for decorations, there’s no space left.

  15. Thanks for the nice article, The categories of toys to include is incredibly helpful. Thank you

  16. Great post! Curious…what do you do about toys in different rooms? My daughter plays all throughout the house all day & I’m wondering how that would work with a rotation plan.

    1. Yes my 2-year old boy seems to be similar too, he would play with some toys pretty much everyday (eg. Lock and latch box with a key and padlock). When I saw that he didn’t play with it for a few days, I then rotated it with something else, but later when he saw us opening the door with key, or when he heard the word ‘key’ in our conversation, he would run to his shelf and want to take it, but he was puzzled when it’s no longer found at its “original location / home”. That makes me wonder how I shall handle toy rotation plan, as I feel sorry when he looked disappointed for not being able to locate the item from his memory. Hope to hear your insights!