This is a problem of plenty, but I am hoping to get some advice, either concrete or philosophical about an over abundance of toys. My two sons just turned 1 and 3, and after Christmas and these birthdays, my tiny apartment--and my tiny men--are overwhelmed by toys. I am trying to winnow them down, but it is a struggle.
Most of they toys are "good" toys--shape sorters, playdo, wood blocks and train sets. We have a mini fold up kitchen, and a simple wood dollhouse. But there is just so much of it. I find I'm spending more time cleaning and putting things away than I actually am playing with my kids.
How do I decide what to get rid of? (I’ve spent so much damn money on all this..) Just recently I visited my in-laws for a week and brought a duffle bag full of toys I intended to leave there--Lincoln logs no one had eve played it (because they were in the closet because we had duplo, wood blocks and tinker toys in circulation and how much building can a boy do), soft colored unit blocks, a tiny plastic piano, etc. When we got there, we took the toys out to play with and they loved everything, keeping themselves busy for hours. It was everything I could do not to bring them home.
I actually believe children need blocks, crayons, playdo, books, a few figures--animals and people--and our time and attention. Of course, you wouldn't know this from our house.
A part of me would love to just get rid of almost everything--have little to clean and organize and spend my time playing, baking and napping with my boys....
Has anyone else faced this? What have you done? What would you do differently if you could? I would love to hear.....