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Learning to reduce Toy clutter

September 19, 2016
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Are you a Parent who feels drowned in a pool of toys?

I am raising a Toddler who like all other of his age, love his toys . He exclaims with Joy when he see these rainbow colored toys.

But on the other hand, he gets bored of them quickly and love playing with utensils and sticks instead.

Moreover, having lots of toys create only clutter which stresses me out.

Declutter toys in these 5 simple ways:

Stack them

Sometimes, the toys lie so disorganized that if I have to search for specific, I could not. I am planning to stack them and making sets:

  • Blocks
  • Balls
  • Cars and Trucks
  • Miniature figures
  • Learning Aids

This also eases the clean up. Use shoe boxes, baskets or plastic containers to store them and confine them in one place.

Check for wear and tear

Check out regularly for any wear and tear- You will notice they are just lying there creating visual clutter and not feasible to play with.

Repair them and discard the dirty or broken ones.

“The day I rejected those toys”- Fiction

Rotate them

Rotating the toys is a perfect way to declutter toys.

Kids get bored very quickly. You may wonder to see them bored or looking out for something else, even if there is a pool of toys all over the room.
Rotating the toys is a good strategy to increase their interest. This will not force to you hoard toys and you can easily reuse them.

You can rotate them on daily basis or Weekly basis.

Buy less, Buy Good

Buy quality toys rather than piling them without keeping in mind the interests of your child.

Quality is always more important than quantity. I think having too many of them at the same time, diverts their attention and does not help them to indulge in deep play.

Donate

Keep memories, not clutter.

Like me, each Parent wants to keep the memories of the toys they bought with so much of affection.

Instead of physically piling them up, you can take the pictures and keep them safe in you memory Book. Check for the ones which no more seek your Kid’s attention and donate them to the needy.

You will be more happy to see the smile they bring to other Kid’s face.

 

To keep mornings fresh, clean the mess before going to bed each night.


What are your strategies to declutter toys in Kids playroom?

 

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31 Comments

  • Reply Alpana Deo September 13, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Toddlers are the naturally busy people. No toy can keep them engaged for a long time. So there is no point in keep on buying new toys. Instead rotating them is a good idea. Thats what we do. Also, we keep donating the toys, books at local centers and public libraries.

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  • Reply Topfivemum October 3, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    This is so true. Toddlers don’t need half as much as we think they do. I also try and keep everything on rotation and have a corner in the living room where everywhere gets tidied up overnight. I’m forever taking things to charity, but I must say I do sometimes come back with a few news toys which may defeat the object! My daughter’s second birthday is coming up soon and I’m dreading what stuff she may get given as gifts. People tend to be very generous but it can be a bit much when you add it all up. I’m planning on keeping half to them in the garage so she can open them bit by bit. And it’ll be a one in, one out policy!

    • Reply upasna November 23, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Hey, thanks for sharing your Life. How did the birthday went?
      Sorry for late reply. I prefer buying them experience rather than toys. May be to a Zoo or museum.

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville September 25, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I found when my kids were younger they had so many toys, I agree keep the good things and buy quality over quantity. Rotating toys really helps keep interest. Some great tips there! #mg

    • Reply upasna September 26, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Thanks MG for sharing your thoughts. Good day.

  • Reply Maitreni Mishra September 23, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Amazing ideas dear, those are indeed stress busters!

    • Reply upasna September 24, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks Maitreni…Happy to have you here.

  • Reply Karen Belton September 23, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Great ideas here. We are not the sort of family to buy lots of toys and we don’t have a lot of space. We have been rotating toys around for a while now. Its very useful! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun!

    • Reply upasna September 24, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      I too believe in less buying…to save space and on money but even then I myself get stressed when all the toys are out together. Rotating is good 🙂 Thanks for passing by Karen

  • Reply Tammymum September 23, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This is really brilliant. My house has more toys than a toy shop and you’re so right I should rotate them more. I am also taking a vow this Christmas not to buy lots but to buy smarter we have so many used toys it is frustration! Full of super ideas here thank you for sharing this with us at #familyfun. Hope you can come back next week xx

    • Reply upasna September 23, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Sara. I am happy to connect. I got rid of stress toys were creating- you can too 🙂

  • Reply My Petit Canard September 22, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Im so pleased I found this post on the #FamilyFun linky! I am just about to declutter my little ones room in the next few days and have been dreading it as I dont know where to start. Lots of great tips here, particularly the one about rotating toys and I love the point about keeping memories not clutter. Fab! Emily #FamilyFun

    • Reply upasna September 23, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Emily. You know what I have even taken the clicks of his shoes..tiny ones 😉

  • Reply Clare September 20, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    These are some great, straight-forward tips to follow, I completely agree with making memories over clutter but I think it’s very easy for people to be materialistic these days with everything so readily available! #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    • Reply upasna September 23, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Thanks Clare. You are right- Enter the new-age toy shop and you will be drooling over each and every toy- they fascinate us so much that its hard to resist. But then minimalism is good. Learning does not need all these pricey stuff.

  • Reply anamika agnihotri September 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Those are handy tips for de-cluttering toys. I have been through that phase of buying toys mindlessly to satisfy the son’s fancy as well as our own fancies. Now, we have reached the point when I had to tell everybody not to get toys (toy cars to be precise) for him any longer. One thing I make sure is getting him to tidy up all his toys before bedtime or he will miss his reading time.

    • Reply upasna September 23, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Ha Ha Ha…A smart bribe.. We bribe him for a kiss.
      Thanks for takign time to appreciate and share your thoughts Anamika.

  • Reply Stephanie Kirsch September 20, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I love this! We have storage boxes for different toys – dolls, dressing up, cars etc. and I get down a box or two every day. They also have their own basket each for toys they like playing with all the time. Still feel like I’m surrounded by toys but I’ll be doing a nearly new sale soon! #mg xx

    • Reply upasna September 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Storage boxes are one of the great things we can have. In India, sale culture is not yet set but yes, we can definitely donate them anytime we want. Thanks for sharing it Stephanie.

  • Reply twinklingtina September 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I got boxes – plastic and cardboard so keep the ‘severely unused’ toys. But they get pulled down – from top of the tables – and some one pulls out all the toys and sits inside the box. Story of my life!

    • Reply upasna September 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Ha ha ha…He is little small to understand the rules dear. Lovely kid.

  • Reply Karin @ Calm to Conniption September 20, 2016 at 2:48 am

    I labeled all the boxes and have found the kids kind of stick to the now. They also know that once box gets packed up before another box comes down.

    • Reply upasna September 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Wow… Thats so wise of them. Thanks for passing by Karin.

  • Reply sam r September 20, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Now and again we have a day where me and hubby thin out stuff and donate to charity. We also rotate so the boys get a change. They also stay interested in toys and don’t get so bored so eases the pressure of us parents to entertain 😉 X #mg

    • Reply upasna September 21, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Its great. Rotating works with me too. Thanks for taking time to comment. I could not find your Blog address in Disqus profile.

  • Reply Vidya Sury September 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Great ideas, Upasna. We constantly donated toys to the nearby welfare homes or gifted them to visitors’ kids who came home. We also taught him to put his stuff away when he was done playing. Save us a lot of stress and added a good life-long habit too 🙂

    • Reply upasna September 21, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Yes you are right Mam. I too ask him to put the toys back into baskets. I think this way he will learn to clean slowly. Thanks for passing by.

  • Reply Rashmi Lingappa September 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Loved the post on Decluttering! Not a parent yet but have bookmarked your post for later:)

    • Reply upasna September 21, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Really! I am glad Rashmi that you found it useful.

  • Reply Deepa September 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Good ideas upasana ..my girls are not babies any more but still sometimes there is so much clutter around as they have some favourite toys which they dont want to give away:)

    • Reply upasna September 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

      I remember asking my Mother to buy a Doll for me when I was in 10th. I still have it with me as it was the last one I bought. Thanks for sharing Deepa.

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