Ds1's birthday is coming up and we're trying to declutter in anticipation. We also have so many toys for him and kept most everything so ds2 has so many toys now, it's a growing problem and they don't play with 2/3 of the toys. Most are plastic - noisey - light up monstrosities that need to be donated to someone who will appreciate them. So here are the 3 areas of the house where we play - and what items are there currently;
Family Room - Play Kitchen (wooden food, pots, pans etc are stored inside the oven/under the sink) Train Table (w/a drawer at either end of the table)
Play Room - 4 Shelves w/trucks & cars, books, Stuffed Animals on them, Play Workbench, Lego Table, Something like one of these things filled w/random misc crapus http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B0000CEJWZ
Basement - Play area tbd
, right now ds2 is in the exersaucer/ergo while dh and I declutter and ds1 plays w/trains on the floor, we want to eventually have a bookcase or two w/a couple baskets of toys.
Here are the basic category of things we have - what would you keep?
Ds1 LOVES trains so thanks to the generosity of relatives we have Geo Tracks, Lego Duplo Thomas, Wooden Thomas and a Plastic, Battery Operated Thomas.
Fisher Price Little People - Zoo, various random people, a car or two, animals
Books - Baby board books, bath books, pop-up books, lift-the-flap books golden books, regular books (Anything chewed on should go, right?)
Legos - Quatro and Duplo
Toolbox w/tools for the workbench
Safari Animals / Farm Animals
Fold and Go Wooden Dollhouse
Random plastic stuff that was given as gifts that if given the chance ds1 will play w/but he doesn't miss it or ask for it when it's packed away
Then there's the baby-type toys - Plastic Blocks, soft balls, Fisher Price See Through Blocks, Shape Sorters, Rattles and on and on and on...
This doesn't count the craft stuff, but we have one cabinet for those items (paper, playdough, crayons, yarn, stickers, pipe cleaners, pom poms, etc) and bins inside the cabinet, so that actually stays clean and fairly organized)
So - What are your criteria for keeping toys? How do you determine whether to donate or sell them? Whether to donate/sell or throw them out? Do you involve your child if you know it would involve one lengthy tantrum over not being able to play w/all these "new" wonderful items?