Getting rid of the toys has a draw to many in the minimalist movement. Many parents are finding that the toy situation is overwhelming to them as well as to their children. I loved how Denaye walks through each step of creating a wonderful play space for her son that fosters imagination.
And you know those times when you plot out which toys to get rid of and how to go about that? Well, there are some definite stages to that process. Check out this amusing account of how that works: 21 Stages of Throwing Out Your Kid’s Old Toys
If you feel that there has been some excessive spoiling happening with your children, that are many things you can implement to “unspoil” them. Rachel Jonat says “Ironically, making kids work takes work.” But she gives 3 Surefire Ways to Unspoil Your Kids.
Have you been wanting to get rid of the toys, but feel apprehensive about it? Check out what it’s like in A Day in the Life of a Minimalist 2 Year Old.
Convincing the kids it’s a good idea to let toys go can be a challenge. But in her 5 Tips for Getting Kids to WILLINGLY Donate Toys, Zina reminds us to give them control over their own possessions: “Resistance to donating items (or even sharing in general) is usually more about feeling a lack of control than actually wanting the item.”
Embracing minimalism in your family takes work, but it’s achievable and wonderful when all the work of talking and teaching the children pays off. Check out this beautiful minimalist home tour for inspiration. (Be sure to click on the children’s rooms!)
Are you still concerned that limiting toys won’t be the best thing for your children? Then keep reading here: Why Fewer Toys Will Benefit Your Kids. Joshua Becker gives 12 concrete reasons why it really is the best thing for our children.
When you’re ready to purge the toys- be sure to have the kids in on it. It’s important that we teach them how to handle life- and knowing how to declutter and give things away is a vital skill in our culture. Check out Jennifer’s reasons of How And Why To Involve Kids In The Toy Purge.
And remember, it is possible for your children to have a clean room- read how to keep a child’s room clean from Tara- this is exactly it!
Want help on implementing a big purge in your child’s room? I cover that when I talk kids and their parents how to declutter and maintain a clean room- check out my video guide here.