Today I’m working through my children’s toys. This is best done when they are not around….I’ve tried before to get rid of toys of theirs before, particularly ones they hadn’t played with in ages (and really, had outgrown). My youngest spotted them in a box just as they were on their way out. It was like re-discovering long lost friends! He took them out and started playing with them again – aaaaarrrrgh! So you’ll have to do it without them seeing – they won’t miss what they don’t even remember was there.
I have a friend who has a brilliant policy of going through toys with her child about a week before their birthday, to see what can be cleared out. That makes room for new toys that they’ll be receiving on their birthday.
To try and keep a sense of order with their toys, I have storage containers for categories of toys for the boys – my favourite storage has been a plastic, transparent drawer set on wheels, with 3 drawers in it. One of them is used exclusively for lego. Other storage boxes are used for categories of toys : 1 box for all minecraft figures and minecraft related items, 1 for all Binweevil figures and playset items, 1 basket for all nerf guns and toy guns etc.
The boys (mostly) keep items in the correct container, but over time some of it can get mixed up again, and then needs resorting. But it means that most of the time they can find what they want, and return it to the right place afterwards.
See you on Declutter Day #18.