Did you know that the average 10 year old owns 238 toys but only plays with just 12 daily? (The Telegraph)
Let me tell you what I think about too many toys –
- The cheap stuff breaks. (Free cheap stuff and paid for cheap stuff).
- Too many toys = too much clutter.
- Children get frustrated when they have to clean up tons of toys.
- They don’t play with all of them.
- They can’t appreciate them as well.
Today R helped sort through and organize her toys in preparation for our move next month.
We like toys with categories. For example:
- Dress up
- Tool kit
- Doctor kit
- Doll house
- Wooden tinkers
- Mr. Potato head
- Paw patrol
- Pepa pig houses
- Foam shapes
R has some odds and ends kinda toys as well as a collection of rocks and sticks. After rocks and sticks kept finding their way into my home, I told her she could have one small-ish plastic storage tote to keep them in. Additionally, we also have a small beanie baby collection and stuffed animal
Here is before we started:
The bins contain most of the category toys. In the cubby’s, R has her “special items”. Little knickknacks line the top shelf. R is definitely a cosy minimalist. I feel that it is important to include her in (most of) the decisions for the donating, throwing away, etc. Some of the toys she wanted to keep were ones I would have donated. However, I will not get rid of an item she plays with or wants to keep. And pay no mind to the full laundry basket…
Darth Vader mask below…
The bigger toys we keep in these bins –
These are stored downstairs:
- Arts and crafts
- Play dough
- Train set
We also have a super small 2 drawer end table thing in our living room that I sanded and refinished several years ago. We keep J’s toys in there. A small basket of books sits on top and the shape sorter that won’t fit in the drawers.
It’s definitely not the basics, but it works for us right now. As R gets older we will phase out some favorites to J and then eventually donate the lot. I like to save money by reusing toys instead of getting rid of them and buying new. They still work perfectly and we have a nice diverse selection.
How I declutter kids toys:
- I declutter by dumping everything out and seeing if everything has a home or not.
- I put toys where they need to go. Most of our category toys have multiple pieces and they can travel far.
- If there are broken or damaged toys, see if they can be fixed. If not, I throw away or recycle if I can.
- I put toys that are no longer played with to donate.
- I keep a few toys back for J when she is older that R doesn’t play with anymore.
6. I label and use small bins or containers as necessary. This way everything has a place and isn’t just thrown in all together.
There you have it! It’s easy to just organize your kids toys…but why not get in there and declutter them instead?
When you declutter your kids toys, try not buying any more. Use the money for a savings account, experience or even to buy a better quality toy for Christmas or their birthday. A small collection of cherished and utilized toys will benefit any child better than a large amount of un-appreciated toys.
3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).
When our kids are taught that toys just don’t come from thin air, they learn to appreciate the value and maintenance of taking care of them. Additionally, it makes it more exciting to receive a toy for special occasions rather than everyone they go to the store or “just because”.
Minimalism is great for kids. I can’t wait to see how my girls respond to it in the next few years. I can already see it making it easier for them to manage and clean up their toys and possessions. It will also teach them to spend their money wisely.
It may be difficult at first, but they will be so much happier with a clean and organized space with toys they really enjoy!
How do you take control of your kids toys? Do they have tons of toys or several cherished items? I’d love to hear your comments and any experiences you have with minimizing your kids’ toys!