Unless you loved toys to begin with and is a collector of them, it seems like toys only start coming into your house (and life) immediately after you have a child. Everyone, including yourself, loves to buy toys for your child because of the joy on their face when they receive and play with them. The buying and seeing joy, leads to a never ending cycle and an accumulation of toys in your home. In this blog post, I will share my tips on how to deal with toy clutter and end the cycle of toys coming into the home.
I too went through this toy cycle when I had my daughter. There were so many toys in my house that I found my anxiety levels way high and saw my daughter not playing with anything because she couldn’t decide what to play with first. Once I took a firm(er) stance on what toys came into the house, how long it stays there, and how they are stored, I found both of us felt better. I wasn’t spending my nights cleaning up every single toy off the floor and my daughter was playing in a meaningful way with her toys. Here are some ways I dealt with toy clutter in our home:
LESS IS MORE
After I purged some of the toys, put the rest on rotation, I found my daughter playing with her toys differently. She was not only taking better care of them, but she was playing with them in a new way and using her imagination more. With less toys, she was able to find ways to play more with them. If you currently, have a ton of toys in your home, I strongly suggest that you purge all the broken or crappy ones. Donate all the ones your child doesn’t play with, doesn’t show any interest in, or even remember having. Keep quality toys, educational toys, and toys that encourage them to use their imagination.
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
Keeping toys organized and by category makes playtime less overwhelming and more enjoyable. Your child doesn’t have look for the toys he/she wants to play with. They know exactly where they can be found and where they need to go back. In my house, my daughter has separate areas for her dress up clothes; building blocks; counting toys; musical instruments; transportation and cars; and stuffy friends.
HAVE YOUR CHILD CHOSE ITEMS TO DONATE
Let your child have a say in what they no longer want to play with. If you have someone to donate to, ask your child "what do you think Cece would like to play with? What do you want to share with her?" If you have an organization to donate to, tell your child about the organization and present a number of items for them to donate. Setting parameters help encourage donating without your child feeling like they are giving away the farm. (Unless it is a farm toy.)
DONATE ITEMS ON A REGULAR BASIS
You will notice there are some toys that never get played with and constantly ignored. Give it a little bit of time. If they are still getting no attention, it is safe to donate them. Of course, I say that and then your child will be asking for it seven months later. Sorry.
PREVENT TOYS FROM COMING IN
Tell family and friends that you child doesn't need more toys and rather would appreciate experiences. If you get asked on what toys your child likes, be honest about what they like. At the very least, the toys that will be coming into the house are ones your child enjoys!
If your home is filled with toys and you are constantly stepping on something, it might be time to implement some of my tips. Trust me, it is so worth it to have less toy clutter in your home!
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