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Simplify: Take Away ALL Kids’ Toys

clean room

Do you deal with messy kid rooms like I do? Do you experience moments of frustration and exasperation when the toys get all jumbled up, and spread across the house? When you step on LEGO pieces, admit it, you want to curse, maybe just a little? Well, you’re not alone. In this country of abundance, our kids have so many blessings, including — too many toys. I just stumbled upon a blog post at Living Well Spending Less, called “Why I took all my kids’ toys away {& why they won’t get them back},” and the headline really caught my attention.

Take Away ALL Toys?

As a parent, it is hard to streamline my own stuff, and when it comes to my kids, I want them to have enough and not feel deprived. But how many toys does a kid really need? Like Ruth, I have noticed that my kids have a hard time enjoying the moment, and appreciating the things they have:

In the weeks that followed, Husband and I talked a lot about how we were going to handle this lack of contentment we were noticing in our eldest daughter.  Then one morning near the end of July, after telling my kids to clean their room for the umpteenth time, I made the somewhat impulsive–albeit pre-warned–decision to take away ALL their stuff.

So, Ruth took her children’s toys away, with the result being the photo above – a clean room, and less stuff to manage. And how did her kids handle it? Did they waste away and feel deprived? Surprisingly, no:

In reality, the opposite has happened.  Instead of being bored, they seem to have no shortage of things to do.  Their attention span is much longer and they are able to mindfully focus on their task at hand.  They color or read for hours at a time and happily spend the entire afternoon playing hide & seek or pretend.

How I Manage My Kids’ Toys:

In our household, we keep all our toys up on the dining room shelf, each in their own bins. They take one bin down at a time, and when they are done, they are supposed to put them all away before they can get a new bin down. But, we still have about twelve bins of toys, which is way more than they can play with. I would love to cut down the number of toys we have to half or even less. And, toys inevitably get left behind (under the bed, behind a door, etc.) and so we still end up with a mountain of unmatching toys every few weeks, which is a horror show to sort through.

I admit, I have been tempted to get rid of ALL my kids’ toys.

Go on over and read Ruth’s post. Have you ever thought of getting rid of ALL your kids’ toys?

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