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Toy decluttering and reorganizing

Hi Families! So the headline says it all..How often do you all Declutter and reorganize your child's toys? How do you decide what to get rid of when they can't tell you what they like and don't like. My child had a pretty good amount to keep her occupied..not too much and not too little. But since the holidays hit I feel like I'm in a toy tornado and its driving me crazy. HELP! And Thank You!!

  • Elena
    Jan 03

    Get a container and put toys she hasn't played with lately in and take them away and when you feel like she's getting tired of the ones out switch them up. I would only throughout the onset that brake or missing peaces

  • Sara
    Jan 03

    Toy rotation! We use the Ikea Kallax shelf system https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/XXX-XXXX1/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3OKcq8DS3wIVFcNkCh30FAZREAQYASABEgJNqPD_BwE (make sure to mount to the wall) and have each kind of toy in its own basket. Then I have a closet with a lot of extra baskets of toys and can rotate them in and out. I try my best to only have a limited amount of toys out at one time. I also store stuff that my kids have outgrown in the basement. This way it's not even in my view at all when I'm rotating toys in and out (but will be available for the next kid).

  • Adrianna
    Jan 03

    I often reorganize toys once a month and I typically declutter every 3 months

  • Jordon
    Jan 03

    I’m about the same as Adrianna but also have similar organizational methods similar to those mentioned above like labeled baskets or bins in the closet for rotation and storage and excess leftovers that are outgrown are stored out of sight out of mind lol

  • Jeanne
    Jan 03

    I have storage bins and swap out monthly top stinks having to go the attic but it keeps things fresh

  • Valerie
    Jan 03

    One in one out. The holidays and birthdays are big times of year for making the call to donate, give away, sell old toys. Also toy rotation. The less stuff you have out, the more they engage and the less stuff you have to keep track of and clean up.

  • Suzy
    Jan 04

    My new philosophy is “limit a type” (where applicable)... my kiddo doesn’t need 5 wooden rattles with a knit animal attached; 1-2 will do. Nor does he need 3 toy pianos. 1 is sufficient. And so on... I’ll sell/donate the surplus. (Plus everything mentioned above...)

  • Masha
    Jan 04

    What about little stuff? Like little gadgets the kids get from birthday parties? Omg they are everywhere taking over!!!

  • Caroline Buhay
    Jan 04

    When we do one toy in/one toy out, I give away on the Buy Nothing SF families FB group or donate to SF Smiles (they take stuffed animals).

  • Valerie
    Jan 04

    Masha, gather them up and give them to your child’s school to pass on to the lower grade teachers who still use a “prize box.” As a teacher I spent a fortune buying all those little toys. As soon as asked parents to donate all the little plastic toys from home, everybody became a winner!