The Holidays means more toys for children. Where will they go? Is the playroom starting to get over crowded with toys? Do the toy purge to make room for the new ones they are sure to get.
It’s that time of year again. The holidays are right around the corner and you are buying more toys for the children. As you wrap each one, you wonder where, exactly, this particular toy will find in their already overstuffed room. If this is you, then it is time for a toy purge.
If your children are too young to talk to about what you plan on doing, try to get them out of the house for a while. If they are older, explain to them that as they get older some of the toys aren’t meant for such a big kid and there may be smaller kids who could benefit from receiving donated toys. Also explain that some toys are broken and missing pieces, they are just taking up so much room.
Now that the kids are either out of the house or understanding of the situation, it’s time to get to work. Grab yourself four plastic bins, hampers, or large boxes and label one “Trash”, one “Donate/Sell”, one “Hide”, and one “Keep”. Start going through the toys and stuffed animals placing them in the bins which you feel they belong.
Here is a quick description of what types of toys should go into each bin:
1. Trash – This is pretty self-explanatory. You know the toys that are broken, chewed beyond recognition, and missing pieces. Get rid of them!
2. Donate/Sell – If you put things on eBay or Craigslist, participate in mommy markets or yard sales, take the toys your kids don’t play with or have outgrown and place them in this bin. Make sure it is in fairly decent shape and clean. If you don’t want to bother with selling these items, donate them to a local shelter or the Salvation Army.
3. Hide – These toys you are just going to put away, out of sight from your children. The toys that go in here are still played with, still in good shape, and still within their age group. A few months down the road, when you are switching clothes out for the season or for the next size, swap some of the toys in their room with these. To them it will be like brand new toys all over again.
4. Keep – These, obviously, are the toys that will remain in the room, happily sharing space with those new toys you were just wrapping. And will eventually be placed in the “Hide” bin in a few months (see #3.)
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