If it was up to me, I’d throw away most of my kids’ toys.
Not because I don’t want them to have them, I just can’t stand clutter and their TOYS ARE EVERYWHERE. I’m not talking about the bigger toys like the dollhouse or fire truck. I’m talking about toys from birthday party treat bags, kids meals, holidays, school functions, those little, cheap toys that are everywhere that our kids love so much.
The junk, that’s what I want to get rid of.
But the truth is, those are the toys my kids like to play with the most. Harper loves to fill a bag or bucket full of those “treasures” and carry them around the house. Elliott hides them under her pillow, in all her jacket pockets, and behind furniture so she’ll never be more than a few feet away from one of them. They were taking over my house.
Until I decided to buy some inexpensive under-the-bed storage containers (like this one) and the angels started singing and the clutter was gone and I haven’t stepped on a stray toy and cursed loudly in so so long.
While cleaning out the girls’ rooms (I do this about every three months and make the girls donate things they no longer need and throw away things that are worn out), I threw in every little doll, car, magic wand, bouncy ball, animal, and pretend camera I could find. All the little junk, ALL OF IT, went into two Tupperware containers.
And when we were done, we closed the lids, shoved them under Elliott’s bed, and they magically made my children’s rooms seem cleaner. There’s less stuff everywhere. And, best of all, my kids LOVE it.
Having all their
junk treasures in one place has opened up worlds of play they never dreamed of. They get in one of the containers, make a giant mess, and then throw it all back in when they’re done.
This didn’t take long, didn’t cost a lot of money, and is something that the girls have been maintaining for about six months at this point. So it’s not a good idea that only sounds good, but it’s actually been good for our mess. It’s working and it’s making things just a little less cluttered at the Graham house.
What do you think? Is this something that you could benefit from at your house? Any other ideas for all the little, random toys that kids accumulate almost daily? And don’t say the trash can, because I fantasize about that one enough as it is.