You better watch out. Santa Claus is coming to town. And when he does, he’ll be bringing armloads of toys to little people everywhere. Most of these little people and their parents are already overwhelmed by the amount of toys they have and have no idea where to store the new batch. Here are easy ways to clear out old toys before the holidays.
Santa’s Bringing New Toys: Clear Out Old Toys Before Holidays
Take a few steps now to get ready for the holiday toys coming to your house. Depending on the age of your kids, your strategies might be a little different. Mix and match to find what works for your family.
1. Declare that all puzzles, books and toys that are broken, missing pieces, or chewed up have to go. No explanation needed. Most kids at almost any age understand that broken toys aren’t quite as much fun as new toys.
2. Give your child a bin or container for each type of toy they love, and let them know they can keep all the toys that fit in the container. Storage space might also be in a drawer or bookshelf. The key is that the toys need to fit neatly inside the space, hopefully with a little room for the new toys you know are coming. Containers don’t have to be boring. Check out this adorable bookcase I spied at one of my favorite stores this week. It’s got plenty of room, and you’ll spend just about the same on five good quality containers.
3. Allow your child to grow up and pass down toys they no longer want. You might want your child to stay little and play with little kid toys, but it’s a privilege to see them grow up. If a toy has real meaning for you, then remove it from their stash and store it with your keepsakes.
4. Encourage gift givers to give experiences, not toys.
5. If you or your child are kind of but not fully ready to let older toys and games go, then put the “maybe’s” in a holding pen. Mark a bin or a box with toys and games to be donated, but put them in a large box, store it out of the way, and mark it with an expiration date that can be a few months from now. If you haven’t revisited anything in that box weeks or months later, donate those things on a pre-determined date.
By the way, think long and hard before buying more things to organize your toys. More stuff is very rarely the answer to feeling like you have less stuff. Re-deploy a shelf, a bookcase, under-bed drawers, dressers, and baskets before buying anything new.