My children, like so many others these days, have far too many toys. Seriously. I’m grateful for the generosity of our friends and family, but it starts to feel overwhelming with so much stuff in the house, and I can’t stand having the house overrun by toys, as though only children live here. (I’m not even going to touch on the wastefulness of it all in this post.) My kids seems to get overwhelmed by the volume as well. When there are too many toys, they don’t know what to play with, interesting toys go unnoticed, and it’s difficult to clean up.
At the end of the summer, while the children were at my parents’ house, I sorted through all the toys and set some aside for donation. (I will confess that I didn’t get rid of as many as I should have.) Then I made labels for all the bins and chests we use throughout the house to keep things organized. Each label had text and pictures to describe what should go in the box. Next, I divided the toys and books into 3 piles, going through each type of toy to ensure that there was a good assortment in every pile. Then I stored 2 sets of books and toys in huge bins we got at Costco. The third set was organized into the different rooms of the house where we keep toys. The plan was to switch out the toys every 6 weeks or so. Oh, and there are some things that stay out all the time, such as the train set and dress-ups.
Today I did the first swap-out. Linnea and I rounded up the toys and books from throughout the house and piled them in one corner of the basement. You might be wondering what Jonas was doing. Well, even though I tried to explain to him what we were going to do ahead of time, he threw a hilarious tantrum, complete with foot stamping, because he thought I was taking his books away. Anyway, then we pulled out one of the large bins from the storage closet. And the next step was to decide which toys we wanted upstairs and which we wanted to keep in the basement playroom.
They were pretty delighted this afternoon. Linnea was excited to see all the toys she “missed so much,” and Jonas was happy to have his play tools and tow truck back. It also killed a couple of hours, which made me happy because I’m exhausted and on night #2 of 5 solo evenings this week. So far, I’m pleased thus far with having the toys on a rotation.