I have tried putting toys in bins in the garage, but the rotating becomes it's own chore. I have sorted and organized to make putting the toys away very very easy. Alas, my children just seem to have too many toys. So... I had an epiphany of sorts....
I took all their toys away. Not all, actually. All but one. Rhys chose to keep his Legos. Kjersten chose her baby doll with a few accessories. George kept his bin of Rescue Heroes. I took all the other toys and put them in Kjersten's unfinished (pink) bedroom downstairs. I kept all the books out and all of Cael's toys. Besides those, the family room is empty. Rhys' bedroom? Empty. Kjersten's room? Empty.
The deal is: When they can manage to keep their toy picked up, their clothes off the floor (down the laundry chute or in the dresser), and their beds made for the week, they can choose another toy from the pink room. When that toy is kept picked up along with the previous requirements, they can add another. And so on... until the toys aren't being kept picked up. Then we'll work backward. Eventually, we should hit on each child's personal quota of toy tolerance. I think this is a good thing to work out BEFORE the holidays. Don't you think?
Here's the "pink" room from the doorway and then from the corner by the wire shelving.
Doesn't look like many toys, does it? It is, I promise! It helps that, as the kiddos get older, the toys get smaller. Magnets, legos, puzzles, etc... don't take up as much space as baby dolls, Little People, and play kitchens!