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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Day 19: Toys {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project

Today we're talking about decluttering toys.  If you have kids, you're either cheering or groaning.  Toys seem to multiply constantly.  It's important to go through and purge your kids' toys periodically to keep the chaos to a minimum.  That way they can enjoy what they have even more!

You won't be able to go through all the toys in your house in 10-15 minutes, but choose one toy area that you think needs decluttering the most (playroom, family room, child's room, etc.).  If you're "in the zone" or have extra time you can do another area afterward!

It's up to you if you do this process with your kids or on your own.  There's great value in teaching your kids from an early age to learn to purge the things they don't need, use, love, or have space to store.  But sometimes it's faster to declutter their toys on your own.  Or maybe a first pass on your own, before going through the rest with your kids.  You know your kids and what will be best for them.  And you :)

If you don't have kids, you can use today to catch up on a decluttering task you've missed or any other area that's bugging you.

Are you ready?!  Let's declutter toys!

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for Toys

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your kids' toys:

  • Throw away any toys that are broken or have missing pieces
  • Relocate items that are mixed in with toys but belong somewhere else
  • Donate, give away, or sell all toys that your kids have outgrown
  • Donate, give away, or sell all toys that your kids don't play with regularly (or haven't played with in 3 months, 6 months, or whatever timeframe you choose)
  • Purge a bunch of "little toys" your kids have forgotten about (party favours, Happy Meal toys, etc.)
  • Consider how much space you have for toy storage and purge further if necessary

To help keep toys from getting cluttered again, follow the "one-in-one-out rule".  Also, make sure you have a place for every toy or group of toys so that your kids can put them back.  You'll still have to go through toys periodically, but these rules should help!

Pictures and Links to Inspire You

Here are some great toy storage and organizing tips from other bloggers!

  • Liz shares the categories she used to organize her kids' toys (there are TONS of images of pretty toy storage online - baskets and bins make great toy organization and storage solutions!)

Love Grows Wild

  • Here's a similar example using clear plastic totes to contain different types of toys.  I love that each one is labeled so everything has a place!  And the great thing is these storage solutions can be adapted as your kids get older and their toys change.

A Bowl Full of Lemons

  • Here are a few more "rules" to help contain the toy clutter in your home.

Life as Mom

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If You're On A Roll...

Declutter toys in another area of your house.  If you worked in one child's room, then go through another child's room.  Or if you purged the playroom, then tackle bedrooms. 

In addition to decluttering the toys in your home, you could organize them to help your kids enjoy their toys more and put them back where they belong when they're finished.

For tips on organizing playrooms, check out my post from the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series from last year:  Day 19 - Playrooms.

Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

Don't forget to share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

How many toys did you declutter today?  How do you organize your kids' toys to keep the clutter at bay?  Any purging tips I missed?

Happy organizing decluttering!

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