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4 Moms Discuss Toy Management

This week, The 4 Moms are discussing toy management since it is very likely that we are, in the near future, all about to incur a glut of additional toys.

Are you like me and the thought of adding MORE toys to your already toy-crowded house makes you feel just a touch like Ebeneezer Scrooge?

Too many can drive anyone batty.

Seriously. I remember reading that in some kind of psychiatric journal. It specifically said the word "batty".

Okay, I just made that up, but it ought to be in a psychiatric journal somewhere because, and I think I speak for the crowd here, too many toys = batty. Can I get an "Amen"?

That's why my #1 toy management tip is keep toys to a minimum. Here are a few ways we do this:

  • Constantly cull unwanted toys. We achieve this by moving every few years and giving away loads of toys to charity, but I suppose you can do it without packing up your entire house, too.
  • I have offered my kids 10 cents for every toy they are willing to donate.  This makes them a little more willing to part with them.
  • When we go to garage sales, the children know that if they get a "new" toy, they must donate one of their existing toys of equal size. This greatly diminishes begging!

As far as managing existing toys, I really like these wire puzzle racks and these toy bins and wish I had some! We generally toss our toys in one of those large tubs with rope handles. We stack puzzles on bookshelves and use toy nets for stuffed animals.

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  1. When I was a kid, we had a long plastic chain with plastic clips on it. It hung from the ceiling in my bedroom and that is where my stuffies got stored. I recently found it, and now my step-daughter’s stuffies live on the chain. It goes from ceiling to floor, and you can clip 2 animals per clip if you do it right (you have to clip them by their ears or tails though – she was NOT into this at first because she was convinced we were causing pain to her stuffies).
    It really helps keep the floor clear of waward animals.

  2. We cull toys once a week. I give everybody a grocery bag and ask them to find at least 5 things to give away or throw away.

  3. I have those toy bins for my kids, they work ok on smaller stuff, but bigger toys not so well. And then there is the problem that the plastic bins themselves make great toys, and yesterday when all of the bins were completely empty, well that is not so uncommon either! The grass is always greener… I now wish we had these http://ana-white.com/2010/11/stacking-toy-boxes-with-a-silver-lining.html

  4. My question is, how many toys do our kids need? I think about all the kids all over the world, present and past who had one or two beloved toys. Now I think my kids suffer from sensory overload! I keep looking at the playroom (which is in an open area off my kitchen) and I just want to toss it all. It’s hard for me to figure out which to keep and which to toss.

    Anyway – this is a great, helpful post. Thanks for sharing!