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Help I think I have too many?

Posted anonymously, 8th April 2019

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  • I think a lot of kids would have too many. It’s easy to do when you have extended family around. I used to put some in the cupboard while they play with some, then swap them around. This way, they’re not over whelmed and have ‘new’ toys regularly

  • When you have do a declutter every sunday ????

  • I think I know what you mean. i go over to my son’s house and his four year daughter has more toys then my my three oldest ever had between them. My younger children who are 6 (twins) have less then her but still too many to keep tidy. I now put some of their toys away for a few months then bring them back out for them to play with while others go away. They have certain toys that never go away, their favourite ones. Sometimes I will have them go through their toys to see if there are any they do not want any more. The un wanted toys are then sorted out into charity and rubbish. As for the books we are lucky in that we have a room for all the books to be kept in and enjoyed. Some books are not touched as they are now getting old, most of these come from my husband’s childhood.

    What I take from this is first sort out what needs to be kept and what is not wanted. What can you live without and do you have storage space to keep things. I find the out of sight and then bring it back later in a few months sometimes helps with getting rid of some as they do not want them back.

  • It will vary from family to family, but if you have so many toys and books that the kids aren’t even playing with some, then you have too many! Pack some up in boxes and store for 6 months or so then bring them back out and put the other toys away for a while. This way all the toys will be played with and they will be excited to see the ‘new’ toys you bring out. Otherwise you can donate the toys and books they no longer play with or to get some extra cash you could have a garage sale

  • If you feel overwhelmed then you probably have too many. Maybe give some away that your child no longer uses. Or find a good storage space and rotate. I find if they are in front of the child all the time they lose interest and don’t play with it, but bring it out and it’s new again.

  • Books are a necessity. I believe you can never have too many of them. I only get rid of them if they Really have seen better days. As for toys, they are very disposable. I op shop toys every 12 months.

  • We have too many toys the kids dont play with them. All gifted by family. I like to store half and rotate them through the year

  • I used to go to the toy library to borrow toys n give back. It doesn’t clutter the house same goes for books too. My daughter has 1 small cupboard of books, if you bring more books in, then some books needs to come out to give away or sell it. I would rather my kids borrow books from the library, 1 bucket of toys n the rest is outings to create memories.

  • It’s individual but get rid of what’s not used and you’ll feel better.

  • You can never ave too many books! For toys, do your kids play with them all regularly? If not, yes, you may have too many.

  • You can rotate toys by putting some away and bringing others out for the kids to play with. They often lose interest in some for while so we found that was a good idea. I would only borrow easily washable toys. Books can be passed down through the age groups. They also can be rotated if you wish to do so.

  • A good way to get around owning too many toys and books is to borrow books from the library and to also use a toy library.

  • You probably notice it at your child’s behaviour. Enough to stimulate your child and keep her/him occupied. Too many may cause your kid feeling overwhelmed, difficulty to choose, over stimulation, struggle to keep things tidy/organised, unthankful behaviour.
    When you feel you have too much pack some away and rotate :)

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