Tips to De-Clutter the Toy Room

*Disclosure:  I received complimentary products for the purpose of this post.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.*

 

If it feels like your toy room is getting out of hand, you aren’t alone.   To say we have more toys than the kids need would probably be an understatement.  This is what their room looks like after I put a lot of things away.

De-Clutter Toy RoomIt is ridiculous, I know!  But, I’m trying to de-clutter it for them since I just moved Charlie’s bed into Maggie’s room too so that both of them at least go to bed in their own bed when the baby is born.  Here are a few things we have been doing.

Find a shelf or storage unit that works for your room.  We have a toy box and a toy bin shelf in there.  My goal is to make it easy for the kids to clean up their own toys.  Bins make that really easy for them.

DeClutter Toy RoomRotate the toys.  There is no rule that says that you have to have all of your toys out at one time.  I’m working on separating them into a 4 totes, one for each season.  That way they get new toys a few times a year, plus, all of our toys get cleaned before we put them back into the totes for storage.  Not everything is going into these bins, but it is really helping get some of the clutter out of there.  Guess what else – they are discovering toys they haven’t touched in awhile because they can actually find them!

 

Sell some of them.  John and I both have large families, and so the kids get plenty of new toys each year.  There have been some things we have ended up having doubles of, or at least other very similar toys.  For instance, today, I found 6 maracas.  Not sure how that happened, but I think we could part with some of them.  This is the part I am really trying to get the kids to help with.  Last week, we went through stuffed animals and got rid of an entire bin of them.  Now, my 3 year old says, “We don’t need two of these, do we mom?”  And then will help choose which one we should put in the garage sale.

 

Donate some of the toys.  The other part of my motivation to get the room cleaned up came because a friend was telling me about a little 3 year old girl and her mom who had been homeless and so the little girl didn’t have any toys even though they had a place to live now.  I thought this would be a fantastic time to teach my kids about giving to others.  Today as we were going through some toys, she said, maybe we could give this to that little girl.  It is a great lesson and a great way to get the kids on board with choosing what to get rid of.  There are tons of places you can donate though if you don’t know of somebody in need – Salvation Army, Goodwill, other thrift stores, Epilepsy Foundation, etc..

SparkBox ToysCheck out Sparkbox Toys.  Sparkbox Toys is a fantastic idea to help cut down on the clutter while trying out new toys.  Let’s face it, we have all been there, we find something for our kids, buy it, give it to them and they love it.  For like a week.  And then it sits there untouched until you finally get rid of it because you hate looking at the money you wasted on it.  With Sparkbox Toys, you get a box delivered to your doorstep each month with 4 age appropriate, high quality toys.

 

I was a bit concerned at first, worried that we would lose the pieces for the toys.  I was happy to see that they arrived with mesh toy bags to keep track of the pieces.  Also included in the box is a detailed product card for each toy with developmental benefits, playtime ideas, product description and materials, as well as any safety precautions.  Before the toys are sent to you, they are put through a 5 step cleaning and sterilization process, using kid and eco friendly cleaning solutions.

 

If you want to help decide what your children will receive each month, you can login a few days before your order should ship, and select what you want to receive.  Not only that, but if you fall in love with a toy, you can purchase it at a discounted price.  Sparkbox is an eco friendly company who uses renewable packaging and recycle their packaging whenever possible.  They go a step further though.  They want to help you recycle your old toys by allowing you to send your toys to Sparkbox where they work with Second Chance Toys, a program for underprivileged children.  When it’s time to send it back, use the prepaid shipping label.

SparkBox ToysWe were able to checkout Sparkbox Toys for a month.  I liked that they send toys for both of the kids ages so they both got something new to play with.  The kids love the toys that we received, two of them are a huge hit around here, 1 being a new favorite.  I love it because it’s a toy I haven’t heard of before and it is a ton of fun {for all of us}.  This toy, Magic Moves, is so much fun!

 

SparkBox Toys may be the solution to a clutter filled toy room.  Open package, play, return.  Buy what you love and want to keep.  Wait for next package.  Ready to try SparkBox out?  Get started with a free 14 day trial today!

 

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What are your tips for keeping a clutter free, easy to play in toy room?

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