Cleaning my kids' toys out...

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Cleaning my kids' toys out...

chantalgiardina chantalgiardina
Today has been a busy day. I had to go to my hubby's uncle's funeral. When I got home, I decided to clean my daughter's toy boxes out and oh my - I was in over my head. I was trying to clean toys out and get rid of some of the toys that she didn't play with and she didn't want to get rid of anything. it was a hassle!

Do you have a hard time cleaning your kiddos' toys out?
02/01/2013
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RavenInChains RavenInChains
Quote:
Originally posted by chantalgiardina
Today has been a busy day. I had to go to my hubby's uncle's funeral. When I got home, I decided to clean my daughter's toy boxes out and oh my - I was in over my head. I was trying to clean toys out and get rid of some of the toys that ...
Its a disaster. Between fighting over which toys we don't need, trying to find all the pieces of broken things, and discovering hidden fruit snacks in the bottom of the toy box.
02/01/2013
sillylilkitten sillylilkitten
I don't have kids, but I remember being a kid and my mom having the same problem with my sister and me. We STILL have boxes full of toys that we never got rid of because she stopped trying to get us to throw things away.
02/01/2013
tortilla tortilla
have to do it when the kids aren't home - its a struggle regardless
02/01/2013
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
Here is the issue with getting rid of kids' toys in their presence: they still ascribe to magical thinking. To children, all objects have a life force of their own, and getting rid of a toy is like getting rid of a person. I swear, I am not making this up. If you want to clean out some toys, you will have to do it while they aren't looking, unless they are particularly emotionally mature and understand the idea of giving to charity.
02/01/2013
married with children married with children
yes, my kids dont want to get rid of anything. It is a battle everytime we have to clean out their rooms.
02/02/2013
js250 js250
It used to be. I figured out a plan, she was able to have three just because items, the special gifts and the rest were put in a box. The box was for giving to her friends and for those less fortunate then she was....aw, the memories!!!
02/03/2013
GONE! GONE!
Oh god I thought this was going to be about a different kind of toy for a sec. D:
My parents still have tons of my toys from when I was a kid.
02/03/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
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Originally posted by js250
It used to be. I figured out a plan, she was able to have three just because items, the special gifts and the rest were put in a box. The box was for giving to her friends and for those less fortunate then she was....aw, the memories!!!
I do this with my kids. I set aside the things I know are special and I wouldn't ask for them to choose between them, then I lay everything out and let them each pick X amount of items. They both know, whatever is left will be donated to someone who doesn't have toys to play with. It actually works surprisingly well! It might take them a little while to decide, but the outcome it much better. The special things are kept, their favorite toys are kept, and they have the knowledge that we're doing the right thing by sharing what we have with someone that could use it. Win-win!
02/03/2013
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