Happy Enough Experiment Hump Day, friends! If you’ve stuck with us thus far, give yourself a big pat on the back!
Before you sweet things with no kiddos (or grown ones) get all excited about your FREE PASS today, let’s just think about some of YOUR OWN toys (stuffed animals from childhood, games, trinkets, gadgets, and let’s even throw in DVDs for good measure).
Won’t this be fun??
I blogged about Too Much Kids’ Stuff back when I did my 31 Days of Purging. And some of you had some helpful tips on toys on some earlier posts as well.
This is from my sis, Bethany: One thing we did was sell our big exersaucer at Once Upon A Child and purchased one that folded up. Also, switch out bins of toys so they can’t play with them all at once. Or put all their toys in their bedroom and only have larger toys in the living room. Or organize the small toys into labeled bins and store them up high so they have to ask to play with them and they have to clean it all up before they get another bin. Then put the big items that are quick to clean up within their reach. I also have the rule of no toys in the kitchen. At least I have one room that is toy-free!
I also encourage people to think about how many toys their kids can actually enjoy. When you reach a certain point, it’s just overwhelming.
For the past 5 years or so, we’ve had 4 plastic boxes of toys (blocks, cars, rubber animals, characters) and 1 basket of books that we get out for little kiddos who come over, and it’s all we’ve really needed.
We also have a few puzzles, some coloring books, some stuffed animals, 2 baby dolls, and play-doh.
Our girls have iPods, a shelf of games, and drawing supplies. And that’s about it. Kids need sooooo much less than we think they do.
I love how Tsh puts it in Organized Simplicity. “The fewer toys a child has, the more inventive she has to be. and when she’s inventive, she’s using her imagination and her creativity, which stimulates her brain.”
I remember reading her list of “open-ended” toys she suggests for kids: 1.) wooden blocks. 2.) dolls. 3.) art supplies. 4.) dress-up clothes. 5.) play kitchens and food. 6.) building toys. 7.) board games. 8.) cars and trucks.
THOSE ARE THE EXACT TOYS WE HAVE, I exclaimed with glee.
Now. This is all fine and good if YOU are on board with what I’m saying. But what if your KIDDOS aren’t?
Rome wasn’t built in a day. It may take a little while to re-wire their thinking (as it has for us). Patience. Grace. You’ve got this.
Instead of a challenge, some questions (answer as few or as many as you’d like)
1.) Have your kiddos outgrown some toys you could get rid of?
2.) What kind of incentive could you offer for getting rid of toys? (I once gave my girls a quarter for every stuffed animal they parted with.)
3.) Could you save up for something fun to do as a family in lieu of buying more toys? (my girls are so gung ho about Cambodia that every purchase is always filtered through that lens)
4.) If you don’t have kids, which toys of YOURS are we (and by we, I mean you) going to get rid of today?
5.) What obstacles are you facing with today’s challenge?
6.) What tips can you share with the class?
Now, go purge! You can do it!