Gift exchange season is over and now, your children have too many toys. Between the grandparents and Santa, your children’s room is about to explode! Are you having trouble finding a place to put them all?
Here are five ways to solve this post-season problem – having too many toys!
1. If your child has received a substantial amount of gifts from others, in the future try to avoid buying toys for them yourself. Use other means of giving. For example, why not give the gift of your time by reading together, playing board games, creating a craft or riding a bike with them.
2. Observe which items your children are “truly” playing with. Most children do not play with more than half of their things. They see it and want it, but then usually play with the same few toys.
3. Tell your child what you have observed and ask them if there are any toys that they would like to donate to a less fortunate family. To help get your child on board, make donating a family activity. If your child sees you donate some of your things, it may make it easier for them to donate their toys.
4. If donating is met with resistance, take the less frequently played with toys to the attic or garage. You may be able to rotate some of the toys making older toys seem new again.
5. Once you have the extra room, you can set up play centers for your child. Have one area for reading, one for games, and another for dolls or trucks.
With most organizing projects, you have to de-clutter your space before you can get to work. I hope these steps will help you all throughout the year!
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life