Brace yourselves, parents. It's that wonderful time of the year when even more toys invade our homes. Now's probably the best time to declutter the existing stash of stuffed animals and plastic toys to make room for the new.
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Toys are one of the biggest clutter items for family households, but Rodale News offers a few tips:
First, agree on a volume of toys that is reasonable to have in the home. Then, set regular calendar reminders to sort through all toys. See which ones will get passed on to another family or donated. Arrange the toys in distinct piles, either toy by toy, by age appropriateness, or by length of time the child has had the toy. Then, team up with the kids to decide what should stay or go.
Schedule a toy purge right before a birthday or the holidays, too, to clear away unused or outgrown clothes and toys to make way for a few new items.
With the new batch of toys, your kids will likely never miss the old ones (but be sure to ask them what they're ok with donating).