Do you ever feel like you home is being overtaken by toys?? Today in the LWSL 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life we are focusing cutting down toy clutter.
When I first saw what today’s focus was I thought it would be easy because I felt like I had a pretty good system for organizing toys. We have these big built in cabinets in our family room where all of the toys live. Sure, they are a bit dated. But they are wonderful for toy storage!
I thought that because we have lots of bins and buckets and baskets for storing toys in that we were pretty organized. Then I got to looking and I decided we have WAY TOO MANY toys! I started pulling things out while the girls were playing and sorting through what to keep and what to get rid of. They didn’t notice a thing.
All of the toys stay in the family room at our house. The only exceptions are stuffed animals that the girls want to keep in their rooms and a few little toys here and there. The main reason is that we live in a two story house and I don’t feel comfortable allowing them to play in their bedrooms alone. They are only ages 1 and 3 now though. I know that will change as they get older.
Here are some before and after photos.
My biggest challenge with purging toys is that we are not done having babies yet so I just can’t bring myself to get rid of baby toys that I know we will want/need again in the future. I’m talking about the ring stackers, shape sorters, play mat, and toys of that nature. I did go through and identify toys that neither of my girls played with a ton as babies and put those in the donate pile. I’ve got several that I’m still not convinced I should get rid of, however. So those are getting stored for now.
What would you do – get rid of those baby toys or hang on to them until we are done having babies? I’m interested to know your thoughts! Share in the comments below.
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