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“We need to go through and throw out or donate more toys again, because this is getting out of control!”
I have lost count how many times, my husband has said this around our home over the last few years.
My girls if they had their way would block this move at every cost. But still, some semblance of order needs to take place. This time of the year with spring cleaning most definitely is the perfect time to get cracking on this.
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So therefore with this statement begins anew with decluttering and organizing the toys in our home.
Here are 5 ways that we have used to declutter the toy issue in our home…
1. Go through toys when kids aren’t around.
I have found that even attempting to tackle the toy clutter when my kids are home is a futile task. See my kids will put up a massive fight to discard even the oldest, most broken toy. Therefore, I have learned that this task must be performed when they are not home, possibly at school during the week or on a playdate on the weekend. Therefore with the lack of interference from the smallest offenders, so much can and will get accomplished in this vain.
2. First discard of broken/not functioning toys.
The first steps in going through the toy clutter is to separate the 1-2 years toys. One pile, I immediately make is for toys/items that are so far beyond repair or help, that they are just simply trashed. Sadly, my kids would hang onto old scraps of paper if they could. So, old pieces of toys or broken toys aren’t unheard of either in this mission.
3. Next donate old toys.
Once we have gone through and thrown out the misfit toys. I also, have toys that are still perfectly good and acceptable, but my kids have simply outgrown. These are honestly too good to throw out, but need to find a new home. Therefore, I will usually put together an assortment of toys, books and more that are able to be donated. Looking for some places to donate toys? Check out this list here.
4. Invest in oversize/decorative toys bins.
Once we have thrown away and donated the old, now it is time to organize what is salvageable. But one of the grips I had about storing toys in the past was that the containers for such weren’t very appealing. However, I have found alternative ways to do this that are more suitable. The best method I have found for my home are in purchasing decorative canvas/burlap bins, such as these from Amazon. These bins are not only functional, but are also decorative sprucing up the home living area all the more.
5. Sign up for Pley.
Honestly though, it is a vicious cycle of cleaning out toys to either donate or throw away, only to buy new toys for our girls and is a difficult process nonetheless.
These new toys are fun at first, but then go pretty much unlooked at and just end up cluttering our home more often than not as months go by.
So usually it only takes a few short months before we start to lose our patience and then the clean out phase begins anew.
But there is a way around this decluttering issue, that I happily became reintroduced to in recent times and am also dispensing with all parents, who may very well experience similar toy cluttering catastrophes in their homes. Honestly, not sure, how I could have forgotten about this. But giddy with joy that I re-found them and think you are going to love them as much as we do.
Who am I talking about?
The answer is simple and can be summed up in one word—PLEY.
See with Pley, kids get to play with the best toys, all while parents save money, reduce clutter and help the environment. This therefore teaches children to share and conserve the planet by reducing the amount of toys that ends up in landfills, plus parents get to worry less about the amount of clutter in their homes.
Sounds like a win-win and a no-brainer, right?
But if you still need more convincing, Pley also is a socially responsible company that actually donates a toy to an underprivileged child for every new sign-up they get.
But Again Why Pley?
First off, Pley has been around for quite some time with an excellent reputation, but now they have also added even more toys for kids of all ages and genders, too. See they now offer a variety of categories for rent; from building toys (400 LEGO sets), cool electronic toys, doll clothes, etc. And they are actually constantly adding more toys still, too. Also, they are now catering to younger audiences (baby through preschool) through our new preschool assortment.
Plus, their service has improved so even more as customers now have more control over the toys they select; And as an added bonus, they have also improved their systems to avoid missing pieces. They even make it super easy to offer Pley as a gift, too.