How do you cut down on your child's toys?

Australia
March 30, 2009 3:47pm CST
This is a question I ask as I need to do this with my 23 month old daughter's toys - she has way too many. Alot of her toys are mine from when I was a kid that I have passed to her. She has also been spoilt by myself & her dad (my hubby) amongst other friends & family. How do you go about cutting down the amount of toys your child has? I think I'm having problems because my daughter will find something she hasn't had in a while & play with it for days before getting something else.
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@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
31 Mar 09
Keep sakes get boxed up or put up on a self to display. Common toys are gone through before birthdays and Christmas "to make room" I involve the older kids in this (not the 19 month old) Broken gets thrown out, well loved but not played with gets stored so they can go down to their little ones, and not played with gets boxed up and given away to charity so another child can love them. It's a big deal here and it teaches a good moral, environmental lesson. I do have a small bin of toys that aren't age appropriate for my kids for when we have company with littler ones and for the future grand kids. So save a few of those kind in a bin you can put up for company. I keep mine in the coat closet.
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
31 Mar 09
we had the same problem when my kids were little. i never really rotated toys because all their toys were accessable but we just played with different things at different times. we also got rid of toys if we had doubles or they were the least bit broken.
@nishdan01 (3054)
• Singapore
31 Mar 09
I think these days almost all children have lot of toys. Infact, the more it is , the more the problems are. As parents we feel hard, when some nice toy is being spoiled by kids. What I do is that I store all my son's toy in a separate room and take a few of them for him to play. When his friends are comming home, I do separate a few into one box and leave them outside the room. I do not like others children rushing into the room and making a mess with all the toys there. I also makes my three year old to pick them up once they have finished playing. Even I would suggest giving away some toys that are similar to someone who has few.
@malsun (1528)
• United States
31 Mar 09
I am in this predicament right now! I have basically sorted the toys. Toys that she plays with, that are broken or faded, toys that she no longer cares for, toys that are right for her age (sometimes people give gifts that are not age appropiate, I usually store them away for later when she is the right age). The ones that are broken, I throw them away. The ones she is no longer interested in or is too old to play with them, I convince her to donate it. We dont give all of her bday gifts together, but stack it away. We usually bring it out one by one when she has been exceptionally good.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
31 Mar 09
So many kids out there don't have toys to play with & as your child gets older, talk to your child about maybe passing some of the toys down to a child in need. Your daughter is still young... I would for right now get some totes & pack a few up & store them away if you think you might have more kids down the road. Or try asking your daughter if she wants to pass some of her old toys down to another child....
• United States
31 Mar 09
With my little brother we usually organized things into bins before sifting through things. It really shows that there may not be as much there as you think. Then, when your child isn't there - sit down and sift through and take out any badly broken toys first, then the really old ones you haven't seen played with for about six months, then any you just don't think they like. Take the unbroken ones to a charity (Good Will is always a good option for this).
• United States
31 Mar 09
I go through my kids toys once every other month & i get rid of everything that they dont play with. I either send them to Goodwill or i put them in my garage to sell them at my yard sale. Even though i probably get rid of at least 2 garbage bags every other month, they still have 3 toy boxes +! It is insane. Their grandparents spoil them alot worse than i do. Sometimes it's hard to part with some of their toys, but if they were that important to them, they would play with them daily.
@laydee (12811)
• Philippines
31 Mar 09
I don't have kids yet but I have a nephew. Yes, my brother cuts down on his toys but they keep on coming! Mostly because he's the first grandchild/nephew for us. But we do try not to spoil the kid.
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
31 Mar 09
Organize them by getting plastic bins for them and put like items together. Then put a few bins away and rotate them every so often. When she starts to seem bored with them, or you are having a tough day, bring out a bin of toys she hasn't seen in a while, and they will be like new again.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
30 Mar 09
My kids have the too many toys problem too. I have learned that I cannot do it with either of them around. I have to do it while my son is at school and my daughter is napping or at the babysitters house. Otherwise they try to argue that they wan tot keep every toy. Another option would be to just put some of her toys aside for awhile and when you take them back out they are like new toys to her.
@tcycharmy (102)
• United States
30 Mar 09
What I do is when the child is not there, I will then take out all the toys that I know they have not played with for months. I do this about twice a year. Even if he finds an old toy all of a sudden and plays with it, I'll will still get rid of it to make room for new ones that he gets for Christmas or his birthday. I like to keep some for momento purposes, but other than that its starts to get cluttered. You can also teach your daughter to give unwanted toys to needy children. Most kids love helping out. Another thing, if he gets a new toy, he has to give one old toy away. Your essentially swapping the old for the new, plus no abundance of toys.