Our toy box used to be the equivalent of a black hole, you could find anything in there! It used to be completely unorganized, and a stashing ground for anything and everything, kind of like the junk drawer.
When I would tell the children to clean up the living room, they would basically just dump everything that was on the floor into the toy drawer, without paying attention.
I cleaned the toy drawers out a few months ago, and I was amazed by how many dirty socks, pencils, and crayons I found. I even found a school book that I had given up for dead.
This is just one more good reason why you must inspect what you expect.
There was no toy organization, what-so-ever. And the children really had no idea what was even in there. Once I got both drawers organized and pared down, the younger children acted as though they had received all new toys!
Here are the four steps I took to give our toy drawers a makeover.