Join me as I declutter my kids rooms! Decluttering and minimizing can be easy with these 5 simple tips to declutter toys in kids rooms .
We had a lot of toys! Just like every other family I know. The only problem was the toys were creeping into every room in our home. This is when I found 5 simple ways to declutter kids toys and rooms without any drama.
During this decluttering process, I noticed we had a lot of toys that no one played with. If we wanted to live with less (and not clean up toys constantly) we were going to have to declutter.
I started by decluttering the toys my boys were not playing with. Getting them involved was a must. My 4 year old could easily tell me which toys he didn’t mind getting rid of.
The truth about decluttering toys!
More is not better. I found the more toys we had the less they actually played with them. There were so many options that they went for the first thing they saw, or their one favorite item. All the other toys were neglected or they were dumped out and kicked around.
I feel fine with decluttering because they have never asked me for something that has been donated. It really is an out of site out of mind situation.
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Using the Konmari declutter method was the easiest thing we did. Dump out all of the toys and make one giant pile. Go through the pile and decide what to keep and what to donate.
Seeing all of the toys in one pile makes you realize how many you actually have! We had a lot!
That big pile made me realize there was no way my 2 boys could ever play with all of those toys in a day or maybe even a month. Having a lot of choices made them run from toy to toy. Now that everything is simplified I notice they focus more on what they are playing with.
Here is the room after we decluttered.
Declutter Toys in Kids Rooms:
1. Keep Toys that ares Used
Pay close attention to what your children are really playing with. Sometimes it seems as though they are playing with everything, but really they are just dumping everything out. Once you can identify the toys they always go for then you know it’s safe to get rid of the rest.
If you are involving your children in the decluttering process, I have a recommendation. Instead of having them pick out what they don’t want, have them pick out what they want to keep.
As an experiment I made a pile of cars and told them to pick out 10 that they wanted to keep, and we would donate the rest. Surprisingly they were able to pick out what they wanted and were ok with getting rid of the rest.
2. Duplicate Toys
Declutter all the duplicate toys. There was a time when we had several cars that were all exactly the same. My reasoning for keeping these was maybe one will break, or someone will come over and want to play.
Kids can only play with one toy at a time! Keep this in mind as you declutter and go through everything.
3. Broken Toys Must Go
Toys break all the time. Keeping a broken toy can lead to frustration and crying, when it won’t work properly. Broken toys also take up space that can be used for functioning toys.
This is why I like to declutter and go through the toys seasonally. Just to make sure everything is functioning.
4. Declutter Non Age Appropriate Toys
As a parent I am always thinking of the future. Especially as a new mom I was very excited to get my son everything, even if that meant he had to grow into it. I quickly realized buying toys for them to grow into is a waste of time and money.
Half the time I would forget that I bought certain toys, and by the time I found them he had outgrown them. We have also had the time when I thought my son would like dinosaurs, but he could have cared less.
My toy motto is: Buy toys as they need them and get rid of anything not age appropriate.
5. Annoying Toys Are Out
Yes some toys are very annoying. We all share a house and I feel annoying toys must go. What is annoying to one person might not bother another.
If anything is annoying don’t feel bad if you decide to get rid of it. We decided toys that can’t be turned off are very annoying.
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