We cleaned out the basement/playroom this past weekend, and hauled out four large garbage bags full of toys that were either broken, missing pieces, or just plain crap. And another four big baskets of toys that we'll be able to take to the consignment shop or donate. One of the garbage bags was full of just stuffed animals (which most places won't take).
The kids now have only a couple of types of toys left in four small bins. They chose to keep their playmobile stuff, a bin of hotwheels, a bin of barbies (which my daughter doesn't play with, but wanted to hang onto in case her little sister wants them some day) and a bin of toys that used to be mine when i was little, that the kids wanted to keep.
Some of the stuff we are getting rid of are toys they got just last Christmas, that have only been played with a couple of times!!
It feels good to get rid of all of this stuff, but also sucks in a way because it feels like we're just throwing money away (both ours and families) with all of these stupid "must have" gimmick toys that have never been played with. We do this at least a few times a year, it feels like. Purge the toy room. How does it keep accumulating so fast????
I'd like to avoid the toyfest this Christmas. Has anyone successfully done this?? It's just so hard, because I feel like I'm short-changing the kids if they only have a couple of things to open. I'm at a loss of what to give them, or what to suggest for gifts. I'll probably get them seasons passes to the local waterpark (which sucks, because they won't be able to use them for another 6 months after Christmas), and my daughter is into mp3s now so I can always get itunes cards and things like that. Passes for the movies. Passes for local museums and parks. Consumable things.
Any other ideas for gift ideas for things that will actually be USED and not just piled in the play room? Has anyone had success with keeping the toy jungle to a minimum?