When I talk to people about reducing the kid’s toys mostly they’re suspicious.
They wonder how the kids cope without many toys or if they mind me decluttering them.
It’s been a slow process and honestly, they don’t notice.
And here’s the thing….they just make their own!
Last week this little guy decided to draw some design and make some toys, he made a door! (He had a little help.) It kept him engaged all weekend writing, drawing and practicing his skills.
I really believe that the less they have to play with the longer they play. They tend to build and create a story rather than moving from one thing to another.
Today I set about reducing our 5 ‘special boxes’. There is one for everyone, they contain special letters, birthday cards, and little keepsakes.
And here they are now, 5 compact envelopes, reduced from the 5 big clunky boxes that took up the base of the wardrobe.
They are minus the pregnancy tests and umbilical cord clamps which for some sentimental reason I was still holding on to!
I’m not sure the kids need every birthday card from every year of their life but I guess maybe we could make a collage or add them to a craft box in the near future, I’ll let them decide.
The little guy made a train with the now empty boxes and has been playing with it all day!
I also tackled the cars, I just halved them.
I ‘ll donate this lot with the bag of toys that I’ve had in the boot of the car for 2 weeks that nobody has missed.
This smaller manageable amount is what’s left to play with.
Mostly I donate toys but the bigger ones are easy to pass on to a new family.
I use gumtree and offer them free for pick up, mostly they are picked up within a day or two. I think there are facebook groups but I’m a non-facebooker.
I am thrilled that this little kitchen and all its utensils, as well as this car, are now in a new home rather than landfill. We saved this car from a hard rubbish collection 5 years ago.
The big difference for us is that we don’t re-clutter. The children do receive gifts but we are a lot more mindful about what comes in.
So there is a reason for this major offloading of stuff…stay tuned, some news is coming. Unless you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know 🙈😝.
I’ll leave you today with this one that I love from no side bar another of my favourite Instagram accounts.