I want to start off by saying that my children have been blessed by family members who care about them dearly. With that being said we have a tremendous amount of toys!! I’m guilty more than anyone. When I was expecting my first son, I bought him a basketball hoop before he was ever born. Really? Who does this? I was just so excited to fill his room up with toys. Now I am well aware that was a bad idea!
Now that the holidays are over, I’m starting to feel the pressure. The pressure that my walls are closing in and I’m suffocating in piles of toys! I have organized, stuffed plastic totes full, I’ve even hid them in the garage out of the way. My kids are the ages of 2 and 9 months. They have a few toys that they play with and thats about it.
The reasons I have clinched on to all the toys are sentimental value, the fear of upsetting someone if I were to get rid of a toy they bought, and the hopes that a toy will soon get played with. But really let’s think about this. Toys are like clothes. If it has hung in your closet for over a year the odds are very unlikely that you are going to wear it. I’ve came to the same conclusion about toys. If they have sat for over a year than the odds are very unlikely that it will ever be played with.
After constantly tripping over toys, I said enough is enough. I’ve came to the decision that some toys have got to go!
Letting Go of Toys
- If a toy has sat for 6-12 months, it’s very unlikely to get played with.
- Broken toys are no good and not safe. Throw them out.
- Is the toy age appropriate for your child?
- Sort toys by seasons. Summer toys can be stored in plastic bins in an outside building.
- Sort toys into categories and limit the number of each category for the keep pile. Categories can consist of Fun, Learning, Musicial, Plush, Blocks, Stacking Toys, Balls, and Dolls if you have little girls.
Getting rid of Toys
- Donating toys is always a wonderful thing to do. They’re so many places that would be happy to take them off of your hands. For example: Local Shelters, Salvation Army, Day Cares, and some fire departments collect stuffed animals. Do a quick search of your neighborhood to find out where they are needed in your town.
- Sell the toys. Sell them on a yard sale sight or have a yard sale. You can take the money and add to your child’s bank.
- If you absolutely cant let go then you can store them tight and pack them away.
Organizing the Toys that you keep
- I found out that plastic bins work better than toys boxes. They come in all sizes (they can be stored under a bed, in a closet, and they are stackable in a safe place.) You can always reuse plastic tubs when the toys are gone.
- Books can be hung on a wall in a letter holder or placed on a bookshelf.
- Shoe racks make a great parking garage for big cars, including Barbie cars.
- Plush toys can be hung in an animal net out of the way and off of the floor. Mesh Laundry Sacks make great plush holders too.
- Clothes baskets work great for storage of toys when they are being transported from room to room.
Watch what toys your children play with the most. Then in a few days try to alternate the toys, this way others will be played with as well. Sort through your child’s toys every few months to stop them from overcrowding.