Christmas is over, and with all the new toys your children acquired, now is the perfect time to go through old toys.
Here are some general rules I like to apply to this task:
- 1-in 1-out rule – if they add a new toy they must get rid of 1 toy. Very important……stick to this!
- Go through toys every 3 months and rotate where they are kept (rotate all your toys between all the rooms containing toys: playroom, bedroom, basement).In my experience just shifting their placement brings new life to a “forgotten” toy. While you are going through them, choose toys that they have outgrown to donate (first remove the toy from their play area for a month or so, and if they don’t ask about it, donate!) Note: go through children’s toys without them; if you ask them whether or not they want it, they will! Children will make up/find an emotional attachment to anything!!)
- If you are unable to part with your children’s toys without asking them, go through the toys with them a couple of times a year and ask them instead to find a certain number of (eg. 5) toys they are willing to donate to a needy child or shelter.
- Keep play areas organized with labelled boxes/bins/crates. This way your children will know where the toys go when they are done with them.
- Designate areas for certain toys, and group like items together. For example, have a craft area with a bin/shelving unit available with all the supplies they will need to do their crafts. Designate a Lego area, doll area, kitchen area, and so on. Keeping “like” items together makes it both easier for play and clean-up!
- Implement the rule that they can make as much mess/play as hard as they like….as long as the toys get put away properly, and by them, when they are done.
- Throw away broken toys immediately.
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