A systematic approach to rotating toys using categories: thinking toys (puzzles, blocks, shape sorters), moving toys (balls, push toys, ride on toys), and pretend toys for social development (kitchen sets, dress up). Keep out 3 toys from each category and limit to one toy that is a SCLAN (shape, color, letter, number) leaving you with 10 toys total. Then rotate these 10 toys every couple weeks.
If I (or hubby) ever travel for work, this would be fabulous for the little one: they get to open an envelope everyday we are gone and have an activity prepared for them by the parent that's away or something else special for them to do. Helps them remember Mommy and Daddy will be back soon but also that they love them enough to put this together. Love that!
Organizing expert Kara Russelo's client asked her to solve the "too many toys tumbling out of the shelves" dilemma. She used bins + shoe pockets from Walmart + Target. Kara's labels have words and images (download for free on her site!)