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  • How to best store unused toys and books

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    We have three kids with ages varying from 6 years to 6 months and have  accumulated a lot of toys and books so it has gotten overwhelming.  We have been regularly organizing and getting rid of broken or toys the parents don't like but with a school aged child, a preschooler, and a baby we have to keep toys out that are good fit for each one.  To help with the clutter we decided to only keep out some toys for each child that s/he currently plays with and put the rest away until interests change (kind of like rotation system) or the younger kids grow and might be interested in the older kids' toys that are currently not being played with.  The toys in question are mostly high quality and expensive so we are not planning on getting rid of anything just to have to re-buy it in a few years for the younger one.  Any idea how to best store those unused toys?  Will a bin in a garage work and keep the toys safe, or will it be better to keep them in a bin in the house somewhere?  Any recommendations as to good bins that close and will protect the toys and books for a few years?

    Any clear plastic bins will do. Costco has them, Ikea has them. We are in the same situation, except twin toddlers and a 9 year old.

    Pro tip: on outside of bin, put type of toy/books and age range you think it would be appropriate and lay out the bins in order. 

    Good luck!

     I would put the toys in plastic boxes with lids.   I would not put them in the garage.  I found that things in our garage got ruined in some way if stored for a long time. 

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