With two little boys, we’ve been very very lucky that toys get used twice as much. But it has also been a little difficult to shop for them for birthdays and holidays because no one needs anything.
But with grandparents, friends, family, and parents all buying for them, it had just gotten out of hand. (I have a post coming about Christmas.)
For birthdays, we’ve suggested that in lieu of gifts guests bring a donation to the food bank, a children’s shelter, and just forego gifts completely. And this always works, and we’re so glad that our friends are willing to attend parties to celebrate and know that a gift is not necessary.
After I decided we needed to clean out the toys, I got the boys involved.
Hudson and I decided to have four different categories: donate, storage, KK & Poppie’s house, and RC & PC’s house.
For the donate category, I decided to include things that were either duplicate toys or just don’t get played with. We had about six plastic lions. For a while, Hudson’s favorite animal was a lion. So he got a lion in his stocking or a lion in his Easter basket. And the lions just kept on coming. So we donated a lot of the things that weren’t getting played with.
For the storage category, we included things that are played with, but decided to move toys into a rotation. So the boys won’t have all of their toys at all times. But every couple of months we will bring things out of storage and re-introduce them. We have done this a few times before with some toys after we moved. We brought them back out five months later and the boys went crazy over their “new” toys. Hiding them and bringing them back out is a great solution for us to keep things fresh and new without buying all new toys.
For KK & Poppie/RC & PC’s house (the grandparents), this worked out well. These were toys that they still really like, but don’t always have to have at home. And Todd’s parents and my parents are kind enough to keep our kids overnight and like to have toys at their houses for the boys. So we went through and decided on some toys that could be left at their houses and they’d play with them when they visit.
All of this has helped a lot with creating a more organized play space for the boys, and have more of an idea of what they actually have. And it’s just made it a lot more fun for them to play.
Their favorite toys are their train table, their Legos Duplos, and puzzles.
I want Hudson and Hayes to enjoy playing with their toys and have fun while still being able to take care of their things. We have a different plan for this year’s Christmas, but just like with my closet, any time we get something new, we get rid of something else.
It’s all a work in progress, and my kiddos definitely have the “gimmes” just like every other kid.
What systems have you found that work for you and your kids?
This post is Day 16 for 31 Days of Creating White Space