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Old 03-09-2016, 01:53 PM   #11
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Here's the rest. We have a couple of dolls that are away right now. (We fought lice recently). They don't need much.
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:11 PM   #12
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Re: How do you manage toys?

One idea is you can put the toys into rotation. Basically box up some that are still in good condition and put them away for a while. Then bring them out every few months or so and put the others away. It keeps children entertained usually because to them it's like they get new toys every few months, but really you're just cycling through them.

We've got a system where every few months (except during 'gift months' ie birthdays or Christmas, those get a larger purging) I go through and purge basically broken toys or stuff my daughter has out grown. Other things she's played with before but hasn't touched much recently gets put into a box and stashed away until next rotation. Everything salvageable but not going to be kept around gets donated. It limits the clutter in her room and it saves on buying new toys all the time.

As for cleaning up, unless it's something specific like blocks, books or toy kitchen stuff, we have two plastic toy boxes we put everything into (one for toys in her room and one for toys she can keep in the living room). For us it's easier than having her try to decipher numerous different toys into specific places. When she's older we'll go into a more broken down form of organization but for now, two places all her toys go is easiest when cleaning up.

For your daughter, maybe you could put away new gifts from family until rotation, and then ask her if she can help you purge through some of her older stuff to get a new toy. Or keep the new stuff away and then offer them as a reward for taking care of her things/helping with chores or clean up. Usually when birthdays or Christmas comes up with my daughter, I pay attention to the toys she immediately wants to tear into and let her open those while the others get put away for a little while. I've noticed she gets overwhelmed with so many 'new' things that she doesn't usually play with it all and most wastes away in the bottom of the toy bin. If I hide things away she completely forgets she ever received them, and then when we do pull them out her face lights up and she gets so excited again. It could help if you do something like this for your daughter, so she isn't just going through each new thing before it's 'life cycle' is up.

Just some ideas. Hope you find some help here from everyone.
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We have a container for each toy type, a shelf for puzzles/games/large toys and each LO has a shelf for special items. Stuffed animals are kept on their beds. The toy bins are Lego, cars/tracks, play food, dress up/dolls, action figures/animals, blocks- both wooden and magnetic and nerf guns.
Honestly the best advice I took was to not hold onto toys because I thought my kids should like them or because I spent good money on it. I've also found ways of asking for toy alternatives and I try to give my kids 'experience' gifts instead of toys. I make sure to involve my kids with choosing but when they were younger, I'd go through their things without them too.
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Just sell whatever isn't in their age group and really just downsize. Kids do not need a lot of toys (says the mom with kids who have a stupid number of toys) so whenever I sell them I notice that my kids do NOT miss them!
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But I love these container ideas! I am about to have a garage sale and these ideas will help me decide what to sell and keep
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Re: How do you manage toys?

We've been overwhelmed w/ toys recently, too. DD is 6, but takes out a bunch of toys and uses them together. She also is the queen of crafts around here and converts neatly stored supplies into creations that we can't part w/ bc she made them. They're cute, clever and really show that she knows how to use her creativity, but it's overwhelming. I'm thinking of boxing most of the toys for the attic as we've been too lax w/ rotation. I miss the days of getting rid of stuff left and right and her never remembering them.
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Old 08-31-2016, 07:46 AM   #18
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Sigh. We have too many. I try to limit to what fits in our Ikea calyx boxes (duplos, trains, magnet blocks, kinex, cars, people/furniture, remote control cars, doll clothes, food) plus games, puzzles and Legos in the basement. Few dolls, stuffies in their rooms. It's still too much, but it's all quality, open ended play toys that family gave us and it all fits in the space we have. We purge a lot, donate a lot and we have five kids. We homeschool, so we are home a lot and the toys get played with a lot. Or so that is how I justify it.

There are certainly times I wish we had less.

For the crafts, I take a lot of pictures. Then I put them into photo books. They love to look at those. I put the newer photos to cycle through on my screen saver on my computer until I have enough for a book.
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The wear takes care of that problem---->garbage!
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But I love these container ideas! I am about to have a garage sale and these ideas will help me decide what to sell and keep
Ikea's Trofast systems are really nice for kids room. I like this size:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19102659/

You can mix up the color/sizes of the shelves.

I got mine off Craiglist. I search Baby and Kids, furniture, and moving sale sights! Even very littles can clean up their rooms with this system.

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