They are everywhere, honestly. I
don’t know how this happened either.
When I had Emma I was incredibly strict about what was brought into the
home as far as toys go. I wanted wooden,
I wanted open ended, but most importantly I wanted very few toys.
house and packed away a lot of the toys.
(odd, I know), and so was completely run down most of the time, which meant not
as much picking up as should have been happening. Well, right before Lucy was born, I got that
nesting instinct, Matt took the kids out for an afternoon, and I packed up just
about every toy that I saw not put away throughout the house…there were many. Those toys were not looked at or used for a
several months, but instead of just taking the entire bag to donate, I started
to go through them, and slowly introduced almost everything back into our
Lucy, lovely open ended wooden toys, toys my husband said we should keep for
Lucy. But now, instead of a very few toys like we used to have when Emma was little, we have a very
large amount of toys.
|the toy organization when Emma and Jack were little – all the toy organization|
Things like LEGO, wooden blocks, play food; they are all things that my
kids love and use. The problem is that
there are a lot of pieces – especially as the kids have moved from Duplo LEGO
to those teeny tiny LEGO pieces. I love
that they are creative and spend time using these things, but trying to keep
them organized is another thing altogether.
in the past several years that we never would have had it been just Emma, or
even when it was only Emma and Jack.
more of an effort to weed them out and pack them up. I want to keep the toys that my kids play
with regularly, but I want to pack up the toys that just take up space in their
room without really being used ever.
This, of course, can be a point of contention with the kids, but my priority is
to have an environment that promotes creativity, and if the toys have not been
played with for a long time, are broken, or missing pieces, there is no reason
to have them take up valuable real estate in their bedrooms.
on my own and get rid of things I know they don’t play with, or that are
broken. But, the fact is, we homeschool,
and that means my kids will know when I am going through their toys.
the toys with the kids, but I feel like it is important for them.
The one exception is the kids’ stuff.
Instead, I will be borrowing the “spark joy” method that Marie Kondo
discusses in her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
that they don’t play with them as much as they think, it will be easier for
them to part with them.
but that they may want to keep.
stick them in the attic. In a few months
we will revisit the bin. If one of the
kids asks for a toy from the bin during the time they are packed away, I will
know it is more important to them and will reconsider donating it. If not, the whole bin can be brought to a
donation center in the spring.
that we will have a lot more space in our home. Our house is large, we have space to live,
but the clutter has been taking over, and I am tired of it. I am ready to move to a more “minimalism”
approach to our lives. I need to make
space for the important things, and move out the things that take up time and
energy to care for when I don’t actually care for the items.