Toys seem to grow without much help from humans. It’s important to spend time once or twice a year purging your kid’s toys so that your family is not overwhelmed. I wanted to spend time telling you the steps I take in order to purge our toys and make life a little less chaotic.
3 Easy Steps For Purging Kids Toys
#1. Analyze the Toys
I don’t want to go on a crazy spree and throw everything away. That’s why I take a few moments to analyze the toys in the toy room. I go through and see what’s in there. I scope out everything to see exactly what I’m dealing with.
#2. Sorting the Toys
I simply cannot purge toys without going through all of them first. I make a keep pile, junk pile, and a donate pile. There are several toys my kids have outgrown, but they are not junk and those are the ones I decide to donate. The toys that are complete junk (missing an arm or have a huge whole ripped in the cloth) then it’s time to say goodbye to those toys.
#3. Organize the Toys
The biggest part of purging toys (for me) is going through and organizing them to make sure we’re good to go for a while. I like to make sure we can actually handle what toys are left. The toys should fit nice and neat into their “homes.” If it’s still cluttered and we can’t put away the toys without being overwhelmed, then it’s time to eliminate as many toys as possible.
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I try to get my little one involved in this process. It’s good to have an understanding of letting “toys” go and learning about donating and pitching what’s bad. As our kids get older we’ll also discuss impulse buying and when it’s okay to buy a new toy. I look forward to passing on the ability to let things “go” to my children. It’s a freeing concept.