2. Designate a location for everything. We have very limited space so making sure everything has a spot is really important. Our horse Biscuit, belongs between two chairs and he does not get moved. Same goes for everything else, if it has a location it is more likely to stay there.
3. Get ridiculously organized. We have a designated drawer for puzzles. When we play with puzzles we take one out and play with it. When Peanut wants a new puzzle we put the old one back. It sounds so fun I know but it makes clutter impossible. Same goes for the designated baby drawer. All the babies go in one drawer with their blankets, bottles, hats and diapers. If Peanut wants to play with babies she knows which drawer to go to.
4. Less is more. No really less is more. When people come over and watch me cook they can't stand that I only have one drawer for all my cooking utensils. Don't you wish you had four spatulas? No, my one spatula does just fine thanks. I don't need a bunch of stuff to fill my drawers and neither does my daughter. When we have less it encourages us to do more together (we go on a lot more walks because we don't have a million toys that trap us inside).
5. A little at a time goes a long way. If the feeling of organizing your home or just the toys feels overwhelming set a timer. Spend 15 minutes and do what you can in that time, then stop. Pick it up when you feel ready, but do a little bit each day. The last thing you need to do is try and dedicate one day to organizing your entire life (you will probably fail). Take it in stride and you will be done in no time.
Trust me the feeling of having your house organized is priceless...now if I could just get it to stay clean!
PS- in case you wanted to see a picture of Biscuit. Though he takes up a lot of space, we have all grown to love him!