Over the years, my kids have accumulated a lot of toys and books. I feel like I’m constantly purging toys, especially at this time of year, when the holidays are looming. While I’m very appreciative of how generous everyone in our life is, we do often feel the need to do a large purge for items that my kids are no longer interested in and have just flat out outgrown.
That’s where the battle comes in our house. My kids are luckily pretty easy to convince in regards to getting rid of a toy. I will often give them the option to sell it on our local Facebook yard sale group (obviously, I manage that piece of it) and I will let them keep the profit. It’s a win-win– they get to keep the money, I get some space back in our house.
So if the battle isn’t with my kids, then who is it with? It’s with my husband. He gets very emotionally attached to the kids toys! It’s kind of shocking, since my husband hates clutter and messes. It’s more that our kids are growing up so fast, and it feels like just yesterday they were sitting on that Spider-Man Sit & Spin! And while it does make me sad that time is flying by and they’re not into the “little kid” toys anymore, I have no use for them in my house. I needed to come up with some options to keep us both happy! I have a few friends who are going through the same thing, so thought this was worthy of sharing in case anyone is going through that sadness that comes with purging special toys.
Here are my top tips for purging toys:
Take a Picture
This is probably the simplest option. Take a picture of your child with the toy.
I love this because it doesn’t take up any space, and it will allow you to keep that special memory. You can even do a side by side option with a picture of them when they were younger, playing with the item, and a picture of them now. Put them in a photobook (I love Chatbooks.)
Hand Down to Someone You Know
Have a friend or family member with younger children? Pass the item down to them. If it’s someone you see often, you’ll get the enjoyment of seeing another child enjoy the toy.
Limit What You Keep
If there are some toys you really can’t part with, then limit what you keep. My husband keeps saying that we should keep things for our future grandchildren, so I’ve limited his choices to one tote of items that he can keep. It really helps him prioritize the important things, and he often has to re-evaluate the items he’s chosen in the past. We don’t have a ton of space in our home so limiting it to one or (maybe, if he’s lucky) two totes is where we need to be, but if you have more space then by all means increase that number. One to two totes does keep it lean, though, if that’s what you’re shooting for.
In addition to that, we’ve decided to save all my sons’ Legos since those are timeless and we can definitely use those in the future if his children ever want them. I have a few friends who have saved their kids’ Thomas the Tank engines and American Girl dolls for the same reason. There are always a few special toys that you’ll want to save.
Do you get emotionally attached to your kids toys? How do you handle this?