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post #61 of 75
Last month I had a clutter nervous breakdown, and I subsequently got rid of a bunch of stuff (ok, it's still in the house packed away in boxes waiting for my husband to haul them to Goodwill, but whatever). I'm trying to pare down to 100 possesions. So while the kids toys are not mine per se, I still needed to cut back in order to maintain my sanity. A few toys have been stashed away, but this is it.

http://picasaweb.google.com/greenear...35414021352386

http://picasaweb.google.com/greenear...35416545053634
post #62 of 75
My oldest is 12 - he has yugioh cards, video games, and treasures from over the years that would fit into a shoebox.

My dd is 10 - she has a collection of Webkinz, and a couple baking/cooking toys (like an EZ Bake oven, how to make gum at home, etc.).

The rest of the toys are in the family room - one of those shelves with colorful bins that fit nicely on it. There's cars, dinosaurs, misc things (like bakugan or pokemon), different character/guys, k'nex, doctor kit.

Books - only our very favorites - and some board games. A huge dress up selection, including light sabers.

Two baskets - one with wooden blocks, one with a baby doll, playsilks, cloth diapers and a sling.

In the toy box is musical set, parachute, race track for cars, magna doodle.

Oh, and a Elves and Angels kitchen set in the kitchen.

And a large amount of crafty things on the back porch.

I figured out around my 3rd kid, that my kids don't particularly care for toys. My oldest would get a toy, then take it apart. For a while, I wondered why he was so destructive with his things, then I realized he was taking the pieces from one thing, and creating something completely different with the pieces from other things. My older daughter was pretty much always disinterested in plastic type playthings - she much preferred hanging out with me and using my things. The other ones play with hangers, straws, etc. (turning them into guys, or forts) more than they play with toys!

Pillows, cushions, chairs, blankets, laundry baskets...those are what they play with!
post #63 of 75
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Originally Posted by green_momma2007 View Post
Last month I had a clutter nervous breakdown, and I subsequently got rid of a bunch of stuff (ok, it's still in the house packed away in boxes waiting for my husband to haul them to Goodwill, but whatever). I'm trying to pare down to 100 possesions. So while the kids toys are not mine per se, I still needed to cut back in order to maintain my sanity. A few toys have been stashed away, but this is it.

http://picasaweb.google.com/greenear...35414021352386

http://picasaweb.google.com/greenear...35416545053634
Thanks for the pics; your house looks very good. Where did you get the toy cubbie thinger?? I've been wanting to get something like that for so long, and that one looks perfect!
post #64 of 75
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Originally Posted by Danidama View Post
Thanks for the pics; your house looks very good. Where did you get the toy cubbie thinger?? I've been wanting to get something like that for so long, and that one looks perfect!
It's the expedit bookcase from IKEA. It's $69.99.
post #65 of 75
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Originally Posted by green_momma2007 View Post
Last month I had a clutter nervous breakdown, and I subsequently got rid of a bunch of stuff (ok, it's still in the house packed away in boxes waiting for my husband to haul them to Goodwill, but whatever). I'm trying to pare down to 100 possesions. So while the kids toys are not mine per se, I still needed to cut back in order to maintain my sanity. A few toys have been stashed away, but this is it.

http://picasaweb.google.com/greenear...35414021352386

http://picasaweb.google.com/greenear...35416545053634
Beautiful!
post #66 of 75
I keep our toys minimal, though I don't have a pic atm.

We have a lot of books, thats one thing I don't limit because I want to encourage reading Beyond that, we have one basket of big kid toys, a basket of big legos, and a basket of little kid/baby toys. We have a couple of larger baby toys as well, some balls, and of course, stuffed animals.

My eldest has little legos as well-they stay in his room for the most part though, because of the baby.

I do a LOT of purging. I hate having too many toys for the baskets, so I go through them a lot-getting rid of random little toys, broken toys, etc. My kids are used to it by now though, I rarely get any arguments. They know too that if the basket is overflowing, we won't get any new toys.

Oh, we have a lot of plastic stuff though. I'm really bad about that, though I am trying to mix in classic toys as well-and especially toys that encourage them to use their imagination. My 4 year old has a great imagination
post #67 of 75
This is very inspirational. Toys are a big issue in our house right now, and I have been trying to pare them down, but with dd1 (age 6.5) protesting, it has been hard. It just seems as though she keeps stuff just for the sake of having stuff...every little thing is important and cannot be rid of, broken or not, and often wants to keep something even though she doesn't play with it EVER. I think I am going to show her this thread to help her envision less=more. Somehow. We're moving in a few weeks so this is something that kind of has to be done.
post #68 of 75
i was looking for help in paring my kids toys down. this thread has me motivated to purge and reorganize (to make what they do have more accesible). can't wait to start tomorrow.
post #69 of 75
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Let us know how it goes!

I just got rid of two big boxes of toys-- I sold them all for $20 on craigslist and the family they went to was so thankful! All in all such a positive experience.

I'm still not brave enough to post pictures.
post #70 of 75
Subbing. Hoping I'll actually get to post here someday.
post #71 of 75
so this morning i tackled those toys. got rid of two boxes worth of toys. here's a before pic of the closet and dress up box; those boxes are not all full, i just seperated everything and tried to pull out different ones at different times. though mostly the kids just ended up playing legos which were in the living room. or drawing, they have a small table with drawing stuff always out.

after:
*the biggest change: the toys from all those black boxes. i tossed a lot. what i kept i moved to baskets on this shelf in their room (used to hold diapers and things, i packed away the baby stuff and moved the rest to their dresser). top shelf: wood fire truck (with playmobil firefighters inside), a basket of music instruments, an empty basket. bottom shelf: basket of animals (i kept only the nice ones; animalz and scheich)/a 1969 fisherprice minivan with people/misc small dolls., basket of balls/bowling pins/pound-a-peg, and the toolbox filled with tools. i really think i'd like to move all this out to the dining room. i'd like to get a bigger shelf and have both their toys and craft stuff on it. they play out in the main rooms and only rarely in their bedroom.
*the play kitchen and food is the same for now, I tossed a few things. I'm in the process of turning an old cupboard into a play kitchen for them. Then the food and pots will fit inside the kitchen.
* i put all the doll blankets/hats/carriers into a basket next to the cradle.
* i put 4 puzzles (2 for each age) out on a shelf in the living room, more accessible. the rest are in a box in their bedroom to be switched out later.
*wood blocks, i left the big box of these in the living room
*trains, i put the large one out on the fireplace, you can also see the blocks; the brio trains are in a box in the kids room closet.
*dress up box, i tossed a few things. i seperated the accessories and put them in a smaller box. both of these boxes now fit easily in to the closet.
*legos are up in the kids closet for now. i'm tired of them being everywhere, but the are easily accessible for me.
*stuffed animals, kept only the ones that fit the jungle animal theme of their room. they are up on a shelf.
post #72 of 75
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Originally Posted by Vaquitita View Post
so this morning i tackled those toys. got rid of two boxes worth of toys. here's a before pic of the closet and dress up box; those boxes are not all full, i just seperated everything and tried to pull out different ones at different times. though mostly the kids just ended up playing legos which were in the living room. or drawing, they have a small table with drawing stuff always out.

after:
*the biggest change: the toys from all those black boxes. i tossed a lot. what i kept i moved to baskets on this shelf in their room (used to hold diapers and things, i packed away the baby stuff and moved the rest to their dresser). top shelf: wood fire truck (with playmobil firefighters inside), a basket of music instruments, an empty basket. bottom shelf: basket of animals (i kept only the nice ones; animalz and scheich)/a 1969 fisherprice minivan with people/misc small dolls., basket of balls/bowling pins/pound-a-peg, and the toolbox filled with tools. i really think i'd like to move all this out to the dining room. i'd like to get a bigger shelf and have both their toys and craft stuff on it. they play out in the main rooms and only rarely in their bedroom.
*the play kitchen and food is the same for now, I tossed a few things. I'm in the process of turning an old cupboard into a play kitchen for them. Then the food and pots will fit inside the kitchen.
* i put all the doll blankets/hats/carriers into a basket next to the cradle.
* i put 4 puzzles (2 for each age) out on a shelf in the living room, more accessible. the rest are in a box in their bedroom to be switched out later.
*wood blocks, i left the big box of these in the living room
*trains, i put the large one out on the fireplace, you can also see the blocks; the brio trains are in a box in the kids room closet.
*dress up box, i tossed a few things. i seperated the accessories and put them in a smaller box. both of these boxes now fit easily in to the closet.
*legos are up in the kids closet for now. i'm tired of them being everywhere, but the are easily accessible for me.
*stuffed animals, kept only the ones that fit the jungle animal theme of their room. they are up on a shelf.
Wow, you did a great job! I keep on putting away matchbox cars every time DS1 isn't looking. If I let him, he would have all 20+ of them out at the same time.
post #73 of 75
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Originally Posted by KaraBoo View Post
I'd like to see photos of older children with less toys. I think as your children get older and have more input as to what toys they want and own, the pictures will look differently.

I'm struggling with how to simplify my life without hinging on my daughter's rights. Anyone have older kids with less stuff?

my older girls are 8 & 10 and the way I work it, is they are allowed to keep books, movies, craft & scrap-booking supplies, clothes and hair accessories that they must go through every 3-4 months, I ask them to pass on what they are done with to other kids who will love them... if I notice they are choosing NOT to part with stuff that they NEVER use, I pass it on for them when they're at school and they've never noticed anything missing!

but for toys, I keep it down to a couple of SETS... they are still playing with Barbie-type dolls and have accumulated A LOT of stuff... they can entertain themselves for hours so I let them hold on to it, they were getting a lot of Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony and I found it was too many things, so I told them to pick one 'set' and we passed on everything else...

they also still like dress-up so we keep and add to their dress-up bin...

they have their Easy-Bake oven which is away in a cupboard and I only get it out when they ask for it, they do a lot of real baking but they like the novelty of not needing grown-up help!

and lots of board/card games and puzzles...

oh, and felt pieces/boards...


that's it... if they get stuff for bdays and Christmas, I let them play with it for a a few weeks then send it on it's way unless I notice they LOVE it, which rarely happens... as a matter of fact, I can't remember it ever happening...

I do the same with my toddler -- she has Mr. Potato Head (it is INSANE how much she LOVES this), a tea set with extra dishes and food, puppets, musical instruments and babies with clothes and a cradle and one SMALL box of miscellaneous 'baby/toddler' toys that she still enjoys and that are in good condition that I am holding on to for the next baby (due in March)...

I try to (subtly) let people know that these are the things my girls have and play with so that we don't get stuff that doesn't go with what we already have... I like them having sets with lots of pieces because I find that now that they are older they can really get immersed in creating alternate worlds!!

sorry if this got long!!!
post #74 of 75
With four children, we have plenty of toys in our house! But the mix of toys has gotten different over the years. My older two were really into Barbies, then American Girl or Littlest Pet Shop. My younger daughter doesn't play with toys much but has a small collection of Polly Pockets and Legos. My 3yo son has plenty of cars and trains. They all share Playmobil. We don't have the minimal amount of toys that I idealize but it's not too bad. The older they get, the more they realize that the fewer toys they have, the less time it takes to clean their room!

One thing that helped me pare down the toy collection was to think about the PURPOSE of toys. Maria Montessori had some interesting things to say about that. Toys are tools for children to try out and learn adult roles and activities. They are also entertainment, of course, but try to at least have a balance between entertaining and learning toys. If you have several toys that teach letters or phonics, keep one and chuck the rest. If you child has already learned how to read, get rid of the baby stuff! If your child is old enough to use real child-sized tools with supervision, forget the plastic workbench and pretend tools. Congrats, your child has graduated from infant to child! Each child is different and some babyish things might be favorites that are kept forever. How many types of building sets do you need? One or two, not five. How many types of dolls/figures do you need? One or two, not five.

My dd12 has some horse figurines and some American Girl stuff in boxes in the closet, and has some little collections of Japanese erasers, but the toy phase is over for her. She enjoys her vintage typewriter and drawing.

My dd10 still has quite a few American Girl dolls and some Lego sets, but mostly has lots of crafts materials. She has my old Madame Alexander dolls to look at on her shelf. There's some clutter for you! How many times have I tried to get rid of those!

My dd6 has a few baby dolls, the Polly Pockets, two Barbies and a lot of dress up stuff (all fits in one basket). She probably has the least toys of anyone. There's also a box of Calico Critters that is heading off to my mother's for occasional playtime.

My ds3 has the big stuff: train sets (2), matchbox cars (20+), lots of Playmobil 123 (two small buckets' worth), some random bigger vehicles and a few toddler toys remaining that need to be donated.

Then we have the shared Playmobil collection that takes up one end of the upstairs hall. When it's put away, it all fits on/in one long bench with cubbies. We also have a basket of wooden figures (the Waldorf kind) that we keep in the living room because they're pretty.

We also have board games and general crafts supplies and a LOT of books. Not 1920s or 1940s levels probably anywhere, but we try not to let it overwhelm us. The less you own, the less you have to clean up!
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