There are two children in our household. Of course one isn’t really mobile or at the toy stage right now. However, Princess is and she loves toys. Everywhere she goes she want’s a toy and I swear every time she comes home from her NeeNees house she has a toy of some kind. It can get a tad ridiculous.
She spent the past summer with her dad and I did a nice deep clean in her room while she was away. Princess’ room is pretty small to begin with and her toys were just taking over.
So that you’re not stuck decluttering your kids room more then once every 6 months (twice a year is pretty reasonable due to holidays and birthdays). I’ve created some fool proof ways to keep down the clutter
1.) One toy in One Toy Out
Pretty self explanatory. Any time your child bring home a new toy one of the old one needs to go. Either donate it, Sell it, or throw it away. Don’t be lenient about this either. If you start to slack then you’ll wake up one day and realize the toys went from a reasonable amount to a small army.
2) If it doesn’t fit in the toy box it doesn’t stay
We use these sprout containers. One for each girl. They are fabric so they are washable which I love. They aren’t overly huge either so it really helps limiting the toys. Now, there are a few exceptions to this rule in our home. Obviously we can’t fit her play kitchen or doll house in it and we allow her to keep those. This is really geared towards the plush and other small toys they have.
3.) If they haven’t played with it in 3 months it goes
Isn’t it funny how when you are cleaning out your kids room every toy instantly becomes their favorite? Moms are pretty good at noticing what your kids do and don’t play with. If you haven’t seen them play with it recently it needs to go.
4.) Happy Meal Toys Gotta Go
Obviously if it’s toys they play with a lot keep them. However, most happy meal toys end up in the bottom of the toy box never to be seen again. The best advice I have is not to even allow the toys to enter you’re home to begin with. In truth they are junk to begin with. Why even waste your money on them?
5) Broken Toys/Missing Pieces/Incomplete Sets Need to be thrown out
Yes, I understand the G.I.Joe with a missing leg may be his favorite toy EVER but if he’s missing his leg, it’s time to lay Joe to rest. Not saying every toy needs to be in perfect condition you can make some exceptions to this. Now, Princess’ favorite doll is missing it’s original clothes.. We kept the doll because it’s still good even missing the clothes. How strict you want to be on this rule is up to you.
By following these simple rules we went down to a play kitchen (and a few accessories) a doll house (and all the furniture and dolls that belonged to it), and the toy bin I mentioned in rule 2. By having less toys she can actually enjoy them all.
So what are you waiting for? Claim your kids room back today!