LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE TOYS

Let's be honest. Keeping toys organized sometimes feels like a losing battle with your kids. But don't give up. Instead, give the kids what they need. We're talking cute storage, rules and guidance. There's certainly enough toy storage ideas floating around Pinterest and the internet in general these days to inspire us and organize toys around the world. We find that if you choose storage that fits your taste and decor and set the ground rules with labeled bins, boxes and baskets, you'll be down the path to more organized living and less battles in no time.

Today's Tip from our friends (and partners-in-crime) at NEAT Method: "Take 30 minutes to help decide which toys are no longer necessary. Starting them early on the "less is more" campaign will pay off in the end."

We also believe in getting kids involved in helping others from the time they're tots. Separate and organize toys your kids think are their best and donate the rest to organizations that support kids in need. If you're in the LA area, Baby2Baby is a wonderful organization led by co-chairs Kelly Patricof and Norah Weinstein. They supply Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12, by distributing new and gently used items to over 50 non-profit organizations, including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and hospitals. In 2014, the organization served over 80,000 children, donating over 6 million items. Just warms my heart. We're so grateful and inspired by these women who give so much of themselves, and to others around the world like them.

If you would like to know more about Baby2Baby you can read about them here. For a list of other children's charities, see this article published by Parent's magazine or search for a local charity in your area.

And to give you a jump start on organizing the toys at your house, enter our #organizedisthenewblack giveaway for a chance to win a super cute 3 Sprouts Toy Chest: http://bit.ly/1AbcdEI.