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If your children aren't apt to put their toys away, it may be that they aren't being provided adequate space to stow the volume of toys and/or a logical system for shashing them. 

 

Before adding more toys and books, purge anything that is broken, missing pieces, not being utilized or no longer age-appropriate. GIve cast-offs to charity or to a neighbor in need.

 

After purging those items, inventory the remaining toys and books and divide them into categories that make sense to your kids. Think in general categories like puzzles, games, books, dress-up clothes, stuffed animals, cars/trucks, etc.  Next, provide a separate storage container or shelf for each category. Label each storage space with a description or picture of the contents that belong there. 

 

If age appropriate, involve the children in the organization process and they'll be more likely to maintain it in the long term.

 

 

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