THE GREAT TOY EDIT

OUT WITH THE OLD, BEFORE IN WITH {A LITTLE LESS OF} THE NEW

It’s December and the toy situation is out of control. The potential for the toy collection to increase next (gasp) week is at an all time high, it’s only going to get worse…unless you take control back of the situation. 

BUT HOW?

You can go through toys with your children. Ask them to find five (ten, twenty, thirty?) things (one car, ten Lego pieces, anything!) they can share with others.

You can do it yourself, all by yourself, when the kids aren’t around. (You may still need to do this after taking previous approach.

Whatever your method is, just do it. 

TIPS + TRICKS

  • Remember, every piece counts when purging. Every. Single. Piece. 
  • Look at quantities of things. Do we need forty-five Hot Wheels? Maybe twenty-five would be ok. That’s twenty less things to put away, to find, to anger you.
  • If a toy is broken, the toy has provided all it can for your child. It's time to let it go.
  • For gently used toy drives, get creative (make mini Lego kits, put five little cars in a box with a bow, dress a doll with an extra outfit).

LESS TOYS, MORE PLAY 

When children have fewer “things” to play with, they will still play. I promise. They may actually even play more independently since they can see everything they have.

If you simply try to organize an enormous amount of toys, your success will be limited. I promise that, too.

YOU CAN DO IT

So get out your brown bags, start filling them and take the worthy toys to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or your local shelter that accepts toys. 

And celebrate after you drop that bag off. You did it. You’re back in charge.