It’s easy to let the toys in our home take over and get out of hand – especially when more than one child comes into the mix and/or we have a small space to contend with. So how do we handle that?
Below are some tips.
Sell toys to second hand stores, donate those that you can’t sell, and throw out those that have seen better days. Make it a regular routine to go through your toys on a quarterly basis and consider rotating sets of toys if you aren’t quite ready to throw them out to cut down on the clutter.
Find Storage that Works for Your Space
Depending on your space you have to make storage work as best as you can. You may need to repurpose or hide things underneath furniture or within closets, but it is possible to make toy storage work in a smaller space.
Additionally, plenty of shelving, baskets and containers with lids are always helpful. Consider also using a labeling system – whether that is with a labeling gun or your elementary age daughter with fantastic handwriting and an affinity for decorative drawings – labels are always helpful if you are stacking lidded bins into a closet.
Tame Your Spending Ways
The imagination is a beautiful thing so your child will be ok without the next best thing, I promise you that. Barbie will sleep just as nicely on a tissue box bed with wash cloth bedspread as she will on the expensive counterpart that costs an arm and a leg in the toy store.
Your child will fare better if they aren’t given everything on their wish list. By allowing them to delve into their brain power and use it as it was meant to be used in their youth – for creativity and imagination – you are arming them with skills that will carry them into a future without limitations.
Change Birthday Gift Giving Policies to Lessen the Number of Toys
Instead of having guests bring gifts of toys to your chid’s birthday party, consider having them bring toys that will be donated to a local children’s hospital or shelter so the number of toys you have coming into your home is less.
Additionally, Ã‚Â you can consider the Four Gift Rule on your part:
The clutter doesn’t have to take over your home. With the tips above, you can control the chaos within your home by being proactive, and if you’re looking for additional tips and inspiration, we’ve pinned a few things on our Pinterest boards for you. You’re welcome.
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