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Marie Kondo reveals the simple solution to keeping children's toys in order

Even the famous organizer struggles to keep toys tidy – this is the solution she uses in her home

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Globally-celebrated organizer Marie Kondo is renowned for her minimalist KonMari tidying method. 

With a selection of best-selling books and two Netflix series to her name, Ms. Kondo has reshaped storage ideas in every room of the home – but even the guru herself has a hard time keeping her children's toys organized. 

Yes, Marie Kondo, like all parents and caregivers worldwide, regards toys as the biggest challenge to a tidy scheme. However, she has toy storage ideas that will make the process simpler. 

In her discussion of living room storage ideas with H&G, Marie Kondo revealed the method she uses in her own home. 

Marie Kondo

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Marie Kondo's secret to keeping toys tidy 

'With three young kids, it can be tough to keep the entire home tidy 24/7,' Marie begins. 'My children's toys seem to quickly become scattered throughout the whole house on a daily basis.' So what does the expert suggest? 

Designate a home for each toy 

Gender neutral nursery with teepee and white cot

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The key to keeping your home tidy, Marie suggests, is to have a home for each toy – but this trick works with everything beyond toys too. 

'I like to have a designated location for each of these toys, and I make sure my children are aware of where their toys belong,' she says. 'This way, they can help put away their own toys after playtime too.'

Invest in a KonMari-approved organizer 

Marie Kondo

(Image credit: KonMari Media, Inc.)

Designating a home for each toy is even easier with assistance from a specially designed organizer. Marie recommends picking up this Canvas Half-Wall Komono Organizer that she uses to revolutionize her bedroom storage ideas in her home.  

'This [organizer] is one that I love for my children's bedroom because it is a simple storage solution for small toys and komono (miscellaneous items),' Marie says. 'You can adjust the height as children grow for storing accessories, electronics, or art supplies.'

It's true; you don't need to tackle toys to make the most of Marie's favorite organizer. Instead, you can follow the organizer's lead and fill its pockets with anything from home office supplies to electrical items. Plus, Marie Kondo's home office tidying tips will give you even more inspiration for keeping this space tidy.  

Joy at Work | £14.99 at Waterstones

Joy at Work | £14.99 at Waterstones

For even more advice, you can discover more of Marie's teaching in her new book, written in collaboration with Scott Sonenshein. Meanwhile, US readers can find an edition on Amazon or shop for the best deals below.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.