The hecticness of Christmas is finally over and I couldn’t be more releived. My daughters (ages 2 and 4) received so many gifts that I barely even know what to do with them! They got a few small gifts from me (Santa) and one “big” gift a piece. This should have been enough for all Christmas. With family feeling the need to lavish my girls with gifts our toy collection is on the verge of taking over the entire house. So the few presents they were suppossed to get, turned out looking like a toy store has exploded in the living room (seriously).
Now of course I don’t want my children to be little consumerists but I think it’s just as bad to push a minimalist view on them. I would rather them make up their own minds when it comes to what “stuff” they need. The next few days will be spent painfully organizing our new toy collection. In with the new and out with the old.
Ideas for Paring Down the Toy Clutter
For every one gift they recieved, another needs to be thrown out. Go through all of last years toys and let your kids help you determine what they no longer want. If it is missing pieces pitch it. If they have outgrown it, donate it. If it has barely been used consider selling it on EBay. Find a bunch of toys that you can sell as a “lot”.
Items that they have showed no interest in can be put up and regifted at a later date. When your kids are opening gifts pay attention to what items they are showing interest in. If they open a gift and toss it aside, showing little to no interest in it then grab it up and put it at the top of your closet. You can regift the item or just give to your child on a rainy day and they’ll likely be more interested in it.
Get your child excited to help less fortunate children. My oldest daughter can’t bare the thought that some kids just didn’t get any presents. Teaching kids to be givers at a young age will be greatly beneficial to their long term growth. Explain to your child that not everyone can afford to buy their kids presents. Then go through the toys and see what your child is willing to give up. You can usually find a list of families in need at your local Job and Family Services branch.
Don’t forget the clothing! The way kids grown I am sure that last years winter clothes no longer fit. Bag up everything that doesn’t fit and donate it, sell it, or give it away. No need to hold on to things that won’t be worn.
And just like that the toy clutter has been pared down! (Well, at least I wish it was that easy.) Plan a couple of days to sort through everything and explain to your children why some stuff needs to go. With a little explaining I am sure that they will be making piles of old toys left and right and they can feel great about helping another child in the process!
Now I better get back to my toy decluttering 🙂 ……….