Having a 3 year load and an 18 month old, the toys and books can be overwhelming. We have a rack of bins in the living room and the boys can choose one bin each to play with at a time. When they want something else, the first bin gets picked up and put away before new toys come out. On the bookshelf, the bottom shelf is empty for "returns.". Since it is hard for them to get the books back onto full shelves, they stack their used books on the bottom shelf rather than leaving them everywhere. This keeps them in one place to put away before bed! It makes clean up at the end of the day so much faster.