There are many reasons to go on a rampage, ridding your home of all the plastic toy nonsense. You’re tired of stepping on hard, pointy things. You know your kids only actually play with 20 per cent of the toys they own. You have finally run out of every inch of space.
Getting kids to part with their toys, though, can be a challenge. As soon as you pull that Paw Patrol fire truck from the bottom of the bin—where it has lived for the past four months—they simply must have it.
Diane from our Offspring Facebook Group has a solution for that, courtesy of her aunt, who once did this when she got fed up with her kids claiming they didn’t have anything to play with:
Step 1: Bag up all their toys into opaque bags while they’re asleep.
Step 2: Return the toys they specifically ask for by name.
Step 3: After one month, donate the rest to charity.
It’s like the Marie Kondo method, if Marie Kondo were to ever get really frustrated.
This isn’t the nicest way to do it—but it is the best, most satisfying way to immediately reduce the plastic clutter. You can also rotate toys, for a less permanent/evil approach to decluttering.