Remember the days when you could walk through your living room and not step on a Lego? If parenthood has made a mess out of your home, you’re not alone. Here are a few simple tips to help you lessen the clutter and reclaim your space.

Choose Toys Wisely
It happens to the best of us. No matter how hard we try, the toys just keep piling up. And since you’ll probably be stuck with them for a while, it does pay to be a bit picky when buying toys. To make toys more meaningful to your child, only buy them for holidays, special occasions and rewards. And do not feel bad asking relatives do the same.

It also makes sense to avoid toys that are poorly-made, or over-sized. Stick to toys that can possibly grow with your child and help to encourage creativity as they get older.

Give Each Toy a Home
Whether you want to admit it or not, I think we’re all a little OCD. I mean, who likes piles of toys all over their living room?

Buy a series of matching plastic bins and line them up along the wall where your child can easily put away and retrieve toys on his own. Designate one box for Legos, one for stuffed animals, one for train tracks…etc.

“Hide” Some of The Toys
It will definitely help if some of the more ‘messy’ toys hide in the hall closet or down in the basement from time to time. This makes sense if you are constantly finding little puzzle pieces or Barbie shoes in your couch cushions. Designating these messy toys as ”family toys” will give you more quality time with your child instead of scrubbing pen marks off the curtains. This will also eliminate having to spend an hour every night cleaning up 1,000 puzzle or tiny Lego pieces.

Keeping puzzles or anything that needs to be built away for rainy days is another great way to keep your home a bit more organized. It’s also nice to pull out something different when it’s been raining for 5 minutes and your kids are already so bored!