Toys, how to get rid of them and be okay with it.

It is a tough thing, to get rid of toys, but it is possible.

We all fear we will get rid of a toy that our child then wants back and we fear to upset our children. There are ways around this, and we can help them to make positive choices on what toys to keep and which ones to donate.

Donate is the key word here, we do not throw toys away unless they are broken and unrepairable. We need to teach our children from a young age it is better to give than receive and to help out the less fortunate. If you explain to your kids that not all children can afford toys, they will be more likely to donate more toys and more often.

Here are things to consider when making decisions on which toys to donate:

  • Involve your children every step of the way.
  • Explain to them that they need to make choices on what needs to be given and what needs to stay.
  • Put all toys out on display, like with like.
  • Go through each section and make decisions on how many they have of one type of toy.
  • Ask them questions, such as; how often do you play with this? Do you like this toy? Can you reduce the number of barbies/cars/stuffed animals you have?

Explain to them that they need to make choices on what needs to be given and what needs to stay. Put all playthings out on display, like with like. Go through each section and make decisions on how many they have of one type of toy. Ask them questions, such as; how often do you play with this? Do you like this toy? Can you reduce the number of barbies/cars/stuffed animals you have?

Antique dolls sitting in a cabinet
Antique dolls sitting in a cabinet

Talk to your children about how much more room they will have if they donate more stuff and how much easier it will be to find the toys they like. You can also remind them they need to make room for new toys to come into their lives.

Remember if there are too many toys a child feels over-stimulated and finds it hard to play and have fun.

So have patience and take your time with your children when making the big decisions on which toys they want to keep and which ones they want to donate. This is not an easy task just put you in their shoes.

Chaos im Kinderzimmer
Chaos in Kinderzimmer

When they have decided on which playthings to donate, I suggest you box or bag them up. You can keep them for approximately three months. See if your child asks for a certain toy you can return that toy to them. And then donate the rest of the toys to a local women and children’s shelter or a local charity.

If your child makes the decision, it is time to let go of a toy they have had for years and cherished but have outgrown it. You can always take a photo of it. They may want to frame the picture and display it or keep it in a photo album for safe keeping.

You should get into the habit of doing this 2 – 3 times a year.

Another way is only to have your children receive new toys on their birthdays and winter holidays. This will keep the overflow of toys from taking over your children’s room and playrooms.

 

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