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Decluttering Toys – How to Tackle the Chaos

Decluttering Toys – How to Tackle the Chaos

“What is all this stuff?” “What colour is my carpet?” “Where’s the dog?”

If you find yourself asking these questions, chances are you need to declutter.

As any parent knows, kids can acquire an astonishing array of toys from the moment they enter our lives. From teddies gifted at baby showers to colourful plastic creations aimed at improving motor skills, through dolls and trains, right up to minuscule Lego bricks lurking to attack an unsuspecting bare foot, there seems to be no limit to the amount of things that your average child can own.

And the fresh supply can be never ending. Not only do we have Christmas and birthday gifting opportunities to contend with, but surprise visits from grandmas bearing treats, odds and ends from party bags, and hand-me-downs keep the overwhelming on-rush of stuff descending upon us.

Do you feel as though you’re drowning in it?

It’s time to declutter.

Where to start

It might sound counterintuitive, but what’s left in the toy box? If your little ones have strewn their favourites as far as the eye can see, then anything that hasn’t been touched since your last tidy-up might be something to re-home. Scoop it up in a box and put it out of the way (in case it suddenly comes back into favour) and set a time limit to move it on to its next playmate. Write that date on the box and stick to it.

What’s next?

If you can get the kids involved you’re on to a winner, so make it fun. Race to collect all the jigsaw pieces and complete a puzzle. If you hear any cries of “this one’s boring!” then you’ve got another item on its way out of the door. The same goes for board games, stacking cups and tea sets: anything with multiple pieces needs to be sorted and put away – and luckily you have your newly-emptied toy box ready and waiting.

If the toy’s original packaging has been lost or damaged, that can be solved too: a box might only need a little tape to strengthen the corners, but if it’s too far gone you can easily create a replacement. Find an empty shoe box, and simply cut out the picture from the original box and stick it to the lid.

If a toy is broken, then get rid. But if it’s only incomplete, it could still be worth selling on: you might just have the parts that another family has lost!

Larger items and miscellaneous:

Group together like items, even if they aren’t part of a set. Get your cars and garages in one part of the room, your play kitchen in another, and so on. Now pause and take stock. Are there any duplicates? Anything that has been outgrown?

And finally…

If there’s nothing more that you (or your little ones) are ready to part with, think carefully before you try to cram it all back into your existing storage solution. How much space do you need to store these items? Can you get smarter with your storage to make it easier for your kids to put things away? And, for that matter, to allow them to get to that thing at the bottom without having to turf everything else out first.

This could be a good time to look for a new storage option, perhaps a basket for teddies, a set of lightweight drawers for art supplies, or shelves for books. Either way, it needn’t be expensive: look out for preloved children’s furniture as a cheap and efficient way to maximise your toy storage.

So that’s it! Hopefully you’ve managed to find the dog by now, and the TV remote. Your carpet’s a lovely colour by the way.

If you’ve decluttered your toys, share a picture on our social media, we’d love to see! 

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