The Best Way To Get Rid Of Your Kids Excess Toys

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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.


Comments

    We've done this several times. Go through their toys, get rid of the ones they don't play with when they are asleep.

    Mine have a knack for specifically asking for a toy they haven't touched in 5 months. (while we were doing a toy cull my 5yo picked up a toy out a box she had not played with in 2 years and remembered its name as well .. funny how she can recall that but forget that i asked her to be quiet after 5 seconds)

    This time of year the best way to do it is tell them "Santa has taken a look at what you have and thinks you have too many toys, so you need to pick X toys you no longer want or you only get clothes." (where X is however many you want to them get rid of, and X should be > than expected toy haul for xmas) that way you either get rid of toys or save a lot of money.

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