She Who Fears

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The Solution to Your Toy Pollution

Jordyn Brazil2 Comments

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I can tell you every single toy that my kids own.

I can even take it a step further and tell you where those toys are at in my house this very moment.

I think that's pretty cool.

Play/Dining Room

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Toys are a topic that every single parent deals with. Most conversations I am involved with are along the lines of overwhelm, clutter, junk, and tantrums, to name a few.

I'm a type-a, clean freak person to start, so from the beginning, I've tried to be intentional about keeping the amount of toys in our home to a minimum. If it were up to me I'd only have open-ended, natural toys in my house. Not only do they keep the kids busy for hours and spark imagination and creativity, but I think they're way prettier, too, HA!

Over time, maybe, all of our toys will be transformed into a very small and curated collection, but for now, this is what works well for us, and I think that for three kids it's not too shabby! The photos I've included in this post show just about every toy we have, apart from our craft cabinet, a small trampoline, outside toys, and a wobbel board that we bought a few days after these photos were taken ;)

Mattheus' room

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Twins' Room

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Living room

Tips:

  1. If you're trying to pare down your kids' toys, I think the best way to start is to watch them. We have a lot of stuff, but to be honest, my kids gravitate towards probably the same 25% of things every day. What do your kids actually care about? What goes untouched? One day during nap or evening after bedtime, put all of the untouched toys in a big box in a closet or garage. After a few days, have your kids even noticed? You also don't have to do one big purge. Take your time and just get rid of a few things each week. Repeat this step as necessary; for example, maybe your baby has turned into a toddler -- onto the next stage of toys! (It's totally time for me to do this again)!
  2. I also love, love, love these cubby type shelves for toy storage. Rather than a black hole of a toy box, give each special piece a special place. Even my one year olds know where toys go away because they can remember which cubby the objects belong.
  3. Utilize baskets and boxes. Having a big basket for the balls, a medium one for all of the blocks, and smaller ones for things like toy cars and musical instruments helps keep things together. I even have a small basket with small, miscellaneous stuff that my kids like to use that just feel out of place otherwise. Whatever works, man.
  4. Try to replace toys that only have one specific purpose with things that inspire open ended and creative play. (I'm obviously still working on this one!)

Here's a little list of some toys we love as well as some we can't wait to add to our collection:

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Are you type-A like me or are you swimming in stuff? I hope that this post has been helpful to you either way!