Tuesday, August 14, 2007
WFMW-- Rotating Toys
We have WAY too many toys in our house. I am constantly flinging, purging, de-cluttering toys. And when I go to sleep, they multiply. With four kids who keep having birthdays and doting grandparents who can’t resist sales, the toys keep coming in.
We throw away broken ones, donate annoying noise-making ones, cheap-o kids meal type ones, and choking-hazard toys (except Legos which are kept out of reach).
What we do that works for us is . . .
we keep half of the toys and books put away in a storage bin. About every 4-6 weeks I pull them out and put the rest away. This keeps the toys new and exciting for the kids. With less toys available to make a mess, clean up isn’t so overwhelming for them. And when there are less toys to pick from, it’s actually easier to pick a toy to play with.
Which reminds me, a dear friend of mine built an adorable little play loft for her daughter for a birthday present one year – instead of giving more toys. She already has four older siblings who also have tons of toys and didn't need more. I love that idea! Any other ideas on non-toy presents?