We are definitely apart of the crowd that buys our kids lots of toys! Our almost 4 year old has toys in practically EVERY part of the house! 😂🤦🏾♀️ To the point it has driven me so crazy that we have come up with a system of how many toys he can have outside of his playroom. It’s more of a trading system actually, where he can have 5 toys in the living room. If he wants a different toy, then he has to trade another toy for it. That way our living room doesn’t look crazy every day, and we aren’t wounding our feet, stepping on toys he leaves behind that ONLY he and our almost 1 year old can see! There is a toy chest in the office, a cubby system in his bedroom and a whole playroom upstairs that hosts the majority of toys.
Now let me start by saying, yes we buy him a lot of toys, but most of them serve multiple purposes -play and learning. Now the others that his dear family sends him during Christmas and Birthday (New Year’s Eve baby) is why this situation is all out of control! My Aunt calls our playroom “The Toy Store!”😂😂 So now that I’ve laid it all out there for judgement 😂, how am I “fixing” this madness…DECLUTTER!
Decluttering is actually something we do more often than we think in our home when it comes to Duce’s toys. As we have gotten new systems to organize his toys, we have decluttered as we have reorganized them.
FIRST THINGS OUT: Kid’s Meal Toys!-Those are the real foot damaging ones! So neat when he first gets them but so pointless afterwards. What I have done is let him play with them for a couple of weeks, and then when he isn’t any longer, I toss them! ✌🏾🗑
NEXT: Toys that are on their last leg: When you power them on, they sound like they are doing a remix, or half the pieces are missing or the broken leg is unrepairable by the strongest gorilla glue made…✌🏾🗑
THEN: Toys that he isn’t interested in anymore: Which is an interesting one because now he has a younger brother who COULD be interested in them in the future. With these kind of toys, you as the momma have to make an executive decision: Is it worth keeping in the hopes that the little will enjoy playing with it? If so, great! Keep it! If not, ✌🏾🗑
Now that we have gotten everything in their right catergory, what do we do with those last leg toys and toys that your child is no longer interested in? Leave them in the corner in a bag, cubby or plastic tub to collect dust and take up space? ABSOLUTELY NOT! ❌
There are a couple of great things you can do with these toys:
1: DONATE🎁 them to a shelter! There are many shelters full of young children that would love theses toys.
2: COMMUNITY TRADE: 🤝This is cool for those who live in a community that does bulk trash pick up. Send out a message in your community group with pictures of toys that you are planning on parting with, and see if anyone wants them for their littles. Maybe they have toys that they are wanting to get rid of that interest you as well! WIN! WIN!
3: TOSS THEM: 🗑After you have donated the ones you could to strangers, family and friends, and even did a trade with neighbors, and you still have some that you can’t get rid of, send them out the door packing! They have done their purpose for their time and now they must go so you can reclaim your living room, hallways, bedrooms, garages, yards and cars!
Some of you may be wondering do you involve your children in this decluttering adventure. The answer is yes! It teaches them organization, gratitude, to think of others, problem solving. All skills necessary for them as they continue to grow and gain their own little independence. Remember we are building great character in our children, so that they become impactful world changers, IMAGE bearers that do great things in this world. So we start now, and we start small and watch them learn and flourish. Blessing them with these skills will not only make the decluttering process fun, but educational and impactful to their hearts as they learn to give to others and show appreciation for all that they are blessed with.
How are you and your children decluttering your toys? What organization systems do you have in place that keep the clutter away and those precious feet of yours safe from toy attacks? 😉Share below!
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