Yesterday was a fun yet busy day around here... Toy Swap Day! About 6-8 months ago I was fed up with toys. They were everywhere! My children were bored with them and rarely played with any of them. The one toy they wanted almost always landed on the bottom of the toy box and all the toys on top of it became scattered when they began to look for "that" toy. It was near impossible for them to keep their rooms clean. They just had too much. I did the donation thing and got rid of 6 large trash bags of old, misfit, or broken toys, but the problem still existed. I decided to come up with a way for my children to keep their favorite toys but only play with a few at a time.
I divided every bedroom's toys into three different categories. They are:
Older Girls (10 & 7):
Sweet Street Dollhouses
Younger Girls (6, 6, & 3):
Loving Family Dollhouse
Pets (Zuzu, Little Pet Shop, etc)
Boys (6 & 5):
Cars & Other Transportation
Action Heros & Animals (Dinosours & Farm Sets)
Each month I switch out the children's toys with a new tote. I get rid of all the broken toys at this time as well. The kids are not allowed to get new toys out until their room is very clean.
We have other places where toys are stored around our house as well.
Play Kitchen & Food
Work Bench & Tools
Slicky Slide & Playhouse
All of these are pretty much available whenever they want (except play dough). We also clean out & organize these on toy swap day.
How do you tame the toy monster?