How do the kids’ toys start taking over the house? We have bins, organizers, bookcases, trunks, but we have gotten to an overflow point (this does seem to happen after each kids birthday party!). So for my first Tackle it Tuesday I decided to clean out the kids toys. When I say clean out the kids toys, I mean go through every room and pull them all out. I had two young assistants on this project.
Pull Out All The Toys. Yes, we pulled out all the toys into the living room.
Sort The Toys. We put all the toys in piles: older child, younger child, giveaway, toy pieces. We then tried to match up all the loose pieces with their toy or game. Then we grouped the items in each child’s pile (ie board games, action figures, dolls, etc).
Giving Away Toys. I promptly e-mailed several friends who have babies with a list of toys that are ready for new homes. One has already picked up some and the other two are scheduled to come over this week. Funny how the kids start playing with toys that have gone unused for 6 months once they are in the giveaway pile!
Organizing and Putting the Toys Away. We put certain toys in the kids rooms and chose others to stay in the play room.
The Aftermath. Then there are the toys that are no longer usable. Broken hot wheels tracks, games with missing pieces. Some of these went into the recycling bin.
I finally feel like we have some space again! Getting the baby toys out was a huge part of that. We unearthed some hidden treasures from the bottom of the toy bin and the back of some shelves – it’s almost like having a few new toys!