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Complete Guide to Decluttering Kids Toys

Are you tired of tripping over scattered toys every time you walk through your home? It’s time to reclaim your space and bring order to the chaos. In this comprehensive guide to decluttering kids toys, we’ll walk you through step-by-step strategies to streamline your child’s play area and restore harmony to your home. Let’s dive in!

Decluttering Toys: Why It Matters for Home Organisation

Decluttering kids toys isn’t just about tidying up—it’s about creating a more functional and harmonious living space for your family. Excess clutter can lead to stress, overwhelm, and difficulty finding what you need when you need it. By decluttering and organising your child’s toys, you’ll not only free up physical space but also promote a sense of calm and order in your home.

When it comes to home organisation, decluttering toys is often one of the biggest challenges parents face. Toys seem to multiply overnight, and it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. But with a clear plan and some helpful declutter tips, you can tackle the clutter and create a more organised environment for your family.

Decluttering Kids Toys Made Simple

Decluttering Kids Toys

Now that you understand the importance of decluttering kids toys for home organisation, here’s a simple four-step process to guide you through the decluttering process:

  1. Assess and Sort

Begin by gathering all the toys in one central location. Sort them into categories such as dolls, action figures, puzzles, and stuffed animals. This step allows you to see exactly what you’re working with and makes it easier to identify duplicates or items that are no longer played with.

  1. Declutter Toys Like a Pro

Now comes the tough part—saying goodbye to toys that no longer serve a purpose. Be ruthless in your decision-making process and ask yourself: Does this toy spark joy? Is it broken or missing pieces? Has my child outgrown it? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, it may be time to let go.

  1. Involve Your Kids

While it’s tempting to declutter toys while your kids are at school or asleep, involving them in the process can be empowering and educational. Encourage them to make decisions about which toys to keep, donate, or pass on to others. Use techniques like the “magic number” to set limits on the number of toys they can keep in each category.

  1. Organise and Store

Once you’ve decluttered your kids’ toys, it’s time to organise and store them in a way that makes sense for your family. Invest in storage solutions like bins, baskets, and shelving units to keep toys neatly organised and easily accessible. Labelling containers with words and pictures can help young children identify where each toy belongs, making clean-up time a breeze.

Tips for Maintaining an Organised Toy Area

After decluttering successfully, the secret to an organised toy area is maintenance. Here are some practical tips to help you keep clutter at bay:

  • Establish regular clean-up routines: Schedule daily or weekly clean-up sessions to keep toys from piling up and overwhelming the space.
  • Encourage responsibility: Teach your kids the importance of putting away their toys after playing and lead by example by tidying up together as a family.
  • Rotate toys: Consider rotating toys in and out of storage to keep playtime fresh and exciting while preventing clutter from building up.
  • Set boundaries: Use the “one in, one out” rule to prevent toy accumulation. For every new toy that enters the home, encourage your child to donate or recycle an old one.
  • Seek professional home organisers: If maintaining an organised toy area feels overwhelming, consider hiring home organising services to provide expert guidance and support.

Home Organising Services for Toy Decluttering

Decluttering Kids Toys

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the prospect of decluttering your child’s toys, don’t hesitate to enlist the help of professional home organising services. These experts specialise in creating functional and aesthetically pleasing living spaces by decluttering, organising, and maximising storage solutions.

Home organisers or a professional declutterer can work with you to develop a customised decluttering plan tailored to your family’s needs and preferences. From sorting through toys to implementing storage solutions that maximise space and accessibility, they’ll guide you every step of the way to create a clutter-free environment that supports your family’s lifestyle.

 

Discover effective strategies and expert advice to make decluttering kids toys a breeze. Read on or tune in to the Radio Podcast featuring Bonnie Black.

Transcript

Luke:

There we go. Luke and Susie with Faith, Family & Culture on that social media, the Facebook page, facebook.com/lukeandsusie, A-N-D-S-U-S-I-E.

Susie:

When it comes to spring cleaning, don’t forget the…

[Superheros and princesses]

 

[Music] 

Susie:

That is just too She, Bonnie Black, Little Miss Organised, is with us to help us get our spring cleaning organised. It’s not a sick, disgusting job for everybody, but our superheroes and princesses do need to be addressed, Bonnie.

Bonnie Black:

They certainly do. There’s no better time than spring to give those toys a little once over, not just to de-clutter, but also to give them a good clean.

Luke:

Okay, so we’re cleaning the toys. Are we culling at the same time?

Bonnie Black:

Absolutely. So, the whole point of spring cleaning is to actually reassess the stuff that we need and let go of all the old. It’s all about bringing in the new season, inviting new things into our lives. And so now is the time to make sure that we’re letting go of things that we didn’t use over winter or maybe in the last year or so.

Luke:

Is it important that our kids are not around when we do this? Because here’s our experience. We go, look, they’ve got these like a thousand toys, and they play with three of them. And so, we go through, we cull, we create the pile of the toys. They have never touched for years, not touched even for a second. We put them in that to throw out pile. And the next thing, all they want to do is play with the to throw out pile toys. And then they cry at the thought of us chucking them out or getting rid of them. It’s ridiculous, Bonnie.

Bonnie Black:

It is. It’s really crazy. But I think we’re the same as adults. As soon as someone suggests that we let go of something, all of a sudden, we develop this bond with it. No, I couldn’t possibly let it go, even though we haven’t used it. So, I think it’s just a human psychological event that we need to move on with. But it’s a really big debate that happens around throwing things out while kids are not around and actually involving them in the process. And I have to admit, I definitely are on the side of caution.

And not only because you’re going to maybe upset your kids by getting rid of something that was important to them, but they actually need to learn how to make decisions. So, it’s really important for them to sit through that discomfort that comes with letting go of toys, because as they grow up and become adults, they’ll have to apply those same skills in letting go of paperwork and letting go of clothes that no longer fit or no longer are suitable. So, these are really important skills that we need to actually sit with our kids and teach them so that they can grow up into independent adults.

Susie:

Does that principle also apply to husbands?

Bonnie Black:

Yes, absolutely. So, it can be really difficult, especially if someone’s not willing to change. But it’s important to put some boundaries in place. So, one technique we like to use is called the magic number. So, you might sit down and say there’s 30 soft toys, and you might say to your child, okay, we can keep 10 soft toys. That’s the magic number is 10. So, you might start by picking their two or their five favourites.

Okay, now can we pick five? That can definitely go. And then you work the process from either in that way, picking the favourites or picking the definite that can go until you’ve got that magic number of 10. And sometimes there might be a little bit of wiggle room required, and there might be 12 that they absolutely love and they can’t let go. It’s your decision then whether you’re going to be flexible and say, Yeah, okay, we’re only keeping 12 out of 30, that’s fine. Let’s move on to the next section. But it’s really important that kids actually learn that process of decision making.

Luke:

I think as an adult, I think that’s a great place to start with actually the kids’ stuff because it’s much easier to throw out other people’s stuff than it is to throw out your own.

Susie:

That’s exactly right. It’s certainly the case with you, Luke. There has been a couple of times where I’ve thrown a couple of things of Luke’s out, and he gets upset about it. But the reality is, my rule is if he can’t name it, he doesn’t get it back. 

Luke:

No, no, no, no. Ending this conversation now. It’s in dangerous territory. I tell you a funny story.

Bonnie Black:

I actually did a cleanup for my husband back when we were dating, and he had a pair of shoes that had spiderwebs and spiders in them. And so naturally, I got rid of them because he obviously hadn’t worn them. To this day, if he’s ever angry at me, he brings up those shoes.

Luke:

And so, he should for the rest of your life, Bonnie, for the rest of your Miss Organised, Bonnie Black is our guest. Thank you so much.

Bonnie Black:

Thank you.

Conclusion

Decluttering kids toys is a process that requires patience, persistence, and a willingness to let go of the unnecessary. By following the steps outlined in this guide and implementing practical tips for maintaining an organised toy area, you can create a space where your children can thrive and enjoy endless hours of imaginative play.

Moreover, when you declutter kids toys as part of your home organisation efforts, it can have a significant impact on your family’s well-being. With the right strategies, you can reclaim your space, reduce stress, and create a more harmonious living environment for you and your children. 

Whether you tackle the decluttering process on your own or enlist the help of professional home organisers, the key is to take action and create a space that supports your family’s needs. So roll up your sleeves, gather your toys, and organise a clutter-free home!

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