I have one child, a DS who is 21 months. For several years before he was born I ran an in-home daycare which means that I had TONS of toys before he even arrived. So literally, my DS has enough toys for half a dozen kids or more.
Our little house is bursting at the seams and some stuff has GOT to go- including some toys. Here's the problem: I'm having a hard time letting them go because most of them are VERY nice, high quality toys and even though many of them are for an older child, he'll eventually grow into them. When I originally bought them for the daycare kids I wanted classic toys that could withstand lots of abuse.
Still, it is all just too much. We have wooden unit blocks, duplo blocks, Legos, and big cardboard blocks that look like bricks. Sand and water table. Beautiful Waldorf play stands and a wooden play kitchen that are in a storage unit because we don't even have room for them. Gorgeous maple child sized table and a matching easel. Quite a few nice, handmade wooden trucks and vehicles. Wooden train tracks and trains. Big chest of dress-up clothes and playsilks. At least two dozen wooden puzzles, books galore, wooden play food, large laundry basket of nicer child-sized instruments, wooden farm house and animals, wooden doll house, board games for preschoolers, lacing beads and so forth.
Likewise, I have enough paint, scissors, paper, crayons, feathers, glue, beads and other craft/art supplies to last him well into his childhood. It is all arranged in clear shoe-box sized Rubbermaid containers right now, but even so it takes up a LARGE portion of my bedroom closet.
I don't have a problem with donating/giving away/yard saleing cheaper plastic toys that are just a dime a dozen anyhow (and yes, thanks to Mamaw he has lots of those too, sigh.) but I'm having a hard time parting with the nicer things, things that I know he'll love once he's a bit older. Nevertheless, he doesn't need THAT much, LOL.
Any suggestions on how to even begin?