Birthdays and holidays never fail to bring the exact same gift to your kids, year after year:
Toys. Lots and lots of toys.
Before you can even decide that something needs to be done about all the action figures, stuffed animals, and baby dolls invading your personal space, you’re speared through the sole with a Lego.
Enough is enough, you decide.
Below are some tips and tricks that will take hardly any time at all before your house is back in order.
Put the Toys into Storage
Perhaps your child isn’t emotionally ready to give up their toys just yet.
Rather than rushing to the nearest Goodwill to dump them off, consider placing their toys neatly into organized storage bins. This way, the toy is there if your child remembers it exists and insists on having it. If not, you’re spared the pain of pedal impalement. Everybody wins.
Ask Your Child Questions
Just like adults, there are some children who have a hard time letting go of certain things, and some who don’t. Go through ten items a day, and ask your child if they would prefer to keep or give away.
You might be surprised to learn that your seven-year-old feels she has outgrown her favorite toy from just last year. Taking 15 minutes out of your day for this simple task might end up making a huge difference by the end of the week.
Choose a Designated Toy Location
Teach your kids basic organizational skills by insisting the toys be kept in a designated place, whether it’s drawers, bins, shelves, etc. At the end of every day, make sure your child puts each toy back in its place. If the toys aren’t all fitting, your child will just have to decide what needs to go.
Put Your Foot Down
It’s common for kids to develop unnecessary attachments to toys, but as the parent, you are the ultimate decider. If your child isn’t cooperating with the cleanup rule, or if it’s like pulling teeth trying to get them to decide which toys to donate, make the call yourself.
It’s your home and your space. Getting organized will make your home a less stressful environment for you and your kids.
Editor’s Note: Julia Miglets is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.