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decluttering the toys

December 29, 2010

I am on a serious mission this week to declutter our house. I like to think I live pretty edited, but when I see our 3 areas of play in the house, I know I am kidding myself. I couldn’t imagine adding more toys to the mix without removing some first and somehow I filled 6 shopping bags in about 3 hours when the boys weren’t looking.  Isn’t it awesome how great you feel when your house looks more open, more organized?  I really think we are sending mixed messages to our kids when we keep their playrooms jammed with “stuff”.  How can I get annoyed that it’s always a mess when I keep filling it? Are you feeling the same way I am?? 

Liked this great post at Simplified Bee about deciding what to keep, hold, give… perfect timing for me!  I also think this book Pretty Neat sounds perfect for all of us- makes me feel better about nothing ever being perfect.

Finally, I have been grappling with how to organize legos and I can’t come up with an answer that makes sense.  Last night I opened the board game Creationary which is made by LEGO and I thought to myself– “let’s see how they do it!” – turns out the organize by color. Food for thought.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2010 3:41 pm

    Whoa! Awesome job getting rid of the six bags worth of stuff!

  2. Sarah Hepner permalink
    December 29, 2010 8:37 pm

    I have a “rotation” of toys. I keep the toys that are out of the rotation in clear plastic storage bins in the garage. I try to switch them out every two-three months. The kids are SO excited when the “new” toys come out it is like Christmas all over again. So even when you think your kids don’t like a toy anymore, they may love it again when they haven’t seen it in six months! We store the legos in clear plastic containers with three drawers. My husband who is the “lego” expert insisted that we sort them by size.

  3. Jenn permalink
    January 2, 2011 12:56 pm

    Great topic to start the new year off! Thanks for the tips!

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