Every birthday, Christmas, and grandparent visit, your child gets more toys. Before you know it, they have a mountain of toys and they only play with maybe half of them. Sound familiar? Yeah, me too.
I got so annoyed with all the toys everywhere one day and not enough space to store them all. So, I decided that it was time to clean them all out. I meant business and I only kept the toys that I had seen my girls play with in the last 4-6 months. And let me tell ya, what a game changer it was!
There were so many benefits to cleaning out the toys we had in the house.
The girls are more grateful for the toys they have now.
We are all trying to raise grateful children – children who are humble and kind and don’t beg to have every little toy under the sun. This is a great step towards that goal. Teaching your children that they don’t need a lot of toys to be happy will do wonders for them and for you. L
It is an opportunity to teach your kids how fortunate they are.
Since most of their toys were perfectly good still, I decided to donate them instead of just tossing them in the garbage. While I was putting all the toys into bags, I explained to the girls that there are kids out there that don’t have any toys at all, and since they have so many, it was the nice thing to do to share the toys we don’t use any more with them. Isabella was very concerned to hear that there are kids who don’t have any toys to play with. She decided that she was going to give them a few more of her toys. I was so proud of her in that moment.
Less toys encourages more imaginative play.
When kids have less toys to occupy them and tell them how to play, they are forced to use their imagination and come up with some creative ways to play. This could be in the form of playing outside or building a fort or doing an art project instead of playing with a toy that only does one or two things. Kids get so overstimulated nowadays that they don’t really know how to be bored or what to do with themselves when they don’t have an endless toy selection. By getting rid of most of their toys, it will really encourage creativity and imagination.
Your kids will eventually stop asking for new toys every time you go to the store.
This is one thing that I have had to remind the girls of pretty often. “Oh, we are passing by the toy section? Let’s ask mom for a new toy.” I just tell them that they don’t get a new toy “just because”. Now that we keep less toys in the house, the constant asking for new toys has also gone way down.
With all these benefits of having fewer toys, we have decided that every 2-3 months, we will go through all of the toys and donate the ones that the girls don’t play with any more. It has been a very beneficial practice that we have implemented in our family.