So your kids got more toys for Christmas and now the house is beginning to look like a giant toy shop? (Mine too!)
Here are some tips to complete a toy cull this holidays:
- For every new toy, try and donate a toy (or more).
- Go through every toy box and sort out what toys the kids have outgrown – kids outgrow toys very fast as they get older and move onto different crazes and interests.
- Donate any toys straight away that haven’t been played with for months.
- Get rid of any duplicates, broken or terrible toys (ie freebies at McDonalds) they have acquired.
- Reduce the amount of toys by keeping a certain amount – for example, kids don’t need 100 toy cars.
- Don’t buy more storage, only keep the amount of toys that fit in the boxes you have.
- Don’t get sentimental about who gave the kids the toys, if the kids don’t play with it, get rid of it.
- Don’t forget to cull soft toys too, favourites only as they get older.
- When the kids are old enough I have found it useful to involve them in the process and let them make decisions about what they don’t play with anymore (you’ll be suprised once they get going how they are willing to donate things they don’t need to make room for new toys).
- Rotate the toys you do keep so the kids don’t get bored with them and they get used.
- We have donated many many toys at our house and not one toy has ever been missed, but you can put the donations in the shed for a week before you donate in case they ask about a missing toy.
We have talked to our kids about donating toys to kids who don’t have any and they like the idea of sharing.
Do you need to do a toy cull at your house? Any tips to share? Please SHARE your tips below.
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