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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