I am going to be sharing how to easily declutter toys using only four rules.
What only four rules? Yes, it can be that simple! These four rules, or guides, should help you quickly and easily declutter your children’s toys.
It was the middle of the night. I needed a sip of water. So blur-eyed and fuzzy-headed, I crawled out of bed and started my journey to the kitchen. It was very dark. I didn’t have the energy to turn the lights on.
I made it to and from the kitchen without stepping on any rouge items on the floor. Success!
Did I mention that we have two toddlers who thoroughly enjoy throwing stuff everywhere?
There were many times in the past where I might have stepped on a lego. But you know what helps prevent me from stepping on legos in the middle of the night?
Decluttering our children’s toys and implementing these four rules.
How I came up with these four rules for decluttering toys?
My husband and I started our decluttering journey during the Fall of 2018. A few months prior we had moved and realized that we had way too much stuff.
I came up with these four rules as a way to simplify our life. The less clutter we had then the less I had to maintain as a homemaker and stay-at-home mom.
Plus I secretly want to be a ninja and be able to stealthily move throughout our house in pitch black. We all need to have dreams, right? Well, mine is the be a super stealthy, ninja. But more on that at another time.
Why you should have rules when decluttering toys?
I love and hate the idea of having decluttering rules to follow. However, I have found that if I have rules around the clutter in our home, it holds me accountable for maintaining a clutter-free, simple life.
Four rules to declutter children’s toys
Every family is unique, but I can tell you these four rules do help make decluttering toys so much easier.
Rule #1: Lead by example
The first rule for decluttering children’s toys is to lead by example. Show your children how you declutter your own stuff before tackling their toys. This rule is especially important if:
1. This is your first time decluttering
2. You have older children
Tackle your own clutter and mess before asking another family member to tackle theirs. Whenever trying something new as a family, always lead by example and go first.
Rule #2: Only one location
The second rule is to keep toys in only 1-2 locations in the house. Before you say, “wait, wait, that won’t work!” I want you to consider this.
How many places do you want to tidy up at the end of the day? This is one of the best rules that I implemented for our children’s toys.
Before having this rule we had toys in seven different locations throughout the house. No wonder why I was tired all the time! That is so many places to clean up at the end of the day.
So I say only keep toys in 1-2 rooms in the house. See what happens then. You can always go back and add more toys in if you want later.
Rule #3: Physical boundaries around toys
The third rule is to use physical boundaries around how many toys your children have. I recommend using what you already have like a piece of furniture, or closet, or bins, where all the toys need to fit.
I have found that having a bin as the boundary helps make my decisions around our children’s toys easier. The bin is the “bad guy” and not me.
Rule #4: Must clean up
The last rule is super helpful with decluttering toys and that is, all toys need to be put away at the end of the day.
This rule is more of a habit than a rule. It is all about teaching our children that it is important to clean up their space.
This also helps when it comes to decluttering. The fewer toys the children have, the less time it takes them to clean up at the end of the day.
When is the best time for decluttering toys?
Now! If you are motivated then begin now. Grap a donatable box or bag and get started. Start with one minute of work and one small spot. Go only for a few minutes. See how much you can get done. If you are doing alright, then continue on.
However, if it seems too overwhelming then schedule a day and time where you can focus on decluttering toys.
What if we accidentally declutter a toy but want it back later?
If you have a few toys that you or your children are attached to then store those toys in a donatable box. Then in a few months if those toys aren’t asked for or wanted, donate them.
If you have space, try and have a holding place for items you want to donate. After about a month or so, donate the box of toys. Set a reminder on your phone to donate those items.
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