With de-cluttering on my brain, I’ve come across a lot of blog posts and articles about our kids’ toys and minimalism – or rather that toys ≠ minimalism. Shocking, isn’t it? I’m always limiting toys, purging toys, donating and selling toys – but it’s like a plague over here, they keep coming back! It’s like they’re all hiding under the bed, waiting for me to get rid of the ‘sucky’ toys, and come out with a vengeance. Yes, the toys.
You might know that I’m taking a well-deserved break this weekend in Whistler, but come Monday I’ll be de-cluttering and getting rid of even more toys, to at least a minimum level, an acceptable, easy-to-clean level. But what is that level exactly? How many toys is enough?
When it comes to my “stuff”, I usually give myself rules like: if it doesn’t fit, get rid of it. For instance, you have a bookshelf – if it’s overloaded and you have more books than can fit, donate the ones you no longer read or can part with. Only keep what can fit in its’ assumed place.
But when it comes to toys, that theory flies by the wayside… a bit. There’s places for everything, and most things fit, but things quickly become disorganized (dinosaurs in the train box!) – and it happens so often I started thinking that we need to purge more, own less, and just be done with it.
The only other “rule” I have is “one toy in, one toy out”, but it rarely gets followed…
I came across quite a few articles regarding getting rid of kids toys, here were the ones that sparked my interest:
- Why I Took My Kids Toys Away (& Why They Won’t Get Them Back)
- Why I Took My Kids Toys Away (1 Year Later)
- How to Simplify & Declutter Toys
- Why Fewer Toys Will Benefit Your Kids
- Getting Rid of Toys Made Us a Happier Family
Do you have rules about how many toys your children have? How do you do it? Would you get rid of your kids toys?