Would You Get Rid of Your Kids’ Toys?

Minimalist "Playroom" c/o Houses Interior Design
Minimalist “Playroom” c/o Houses Interior Design

With de-cluttering on my brain, I’ve come across a lot of blog posts and articles about our kids’ toys and minimalism – or rather that toys ≠ minimalism. Shocking, isn’t it? I’m always limiting toys, purging toys, donating and selling toys – but it’s like a plague over here, they keep coming back! It’s like they’re all hiding under the bed, waiting for me to get rid of the ‘sucky’ toys, and come out with a vengeance. Yes, the toys.

You might know that I’m taking a well-deserved break this weekend in Whistler, but come Monday I’ll be de-cluttering and getting rid of even more toys, to at least a minimum level, an acceptable, easy-to-clean level. But what is that level exactly? How many toys is enough? 

When it comes to my “stuff”, I usually give myself rules like: if it doesn’t fit, get rid of it. For instance, you have a bookshelf – if it’s overloaded and you have more books than can fit, donate the ones you no longer read or can part with. Only keep what can fit in its’ assumed place.

But when it comes to toys, that theory flies by the wayside… a bit. There’s places for everything, and most things fit, but things quickly become disorganized (dinosaurs in the train box!) – and it happens so often I started thinking that we need to purge more, own less, and just be done with it.

Jen's Lovely Organized Playroom c/o iHeart Organizing
Jen’s Lovely Organized Playroom c/o iHeart Organizing

The only other “rule” I have is “one toy in, one toy out”, but it rarely gets followed…

I came across quite a few articles regarding getting rid of kids toys, here were the ones that sparked my interest:

Do you have rules about how many toys your children have? How do you do it? Would you get rid of your kids toys?

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  • I kind of went through the same thing not too long ago. My girls are 16 & 12 so they do not play with toys anymore. So, I went & donated (or tossed) toys. We’ve also done that with the girls’ clothes. I tell them that if it doesn’t fit or they’ll never wear it, it’s gone. They both still have WAY too many clothes though. Ha!

  • We don’t have any little ones yet, but when we do, they will be quite the novelty–first of the next generation of our family and we know that toys and gifts will probably be a big part of their lives. Currently, my husband’s and my plan is that as one way of limiting toys, we, as the parents, just won’t buy them at all, because I already know they’ll be getting all they ever could use from other family members (I have 5 younger sisters, so that’s 5 instant aunties from my immediate family alone!). That’s probably not minimalist but I just thought of it as one way to minimize clutter, if we don’t actively add to the toy stash.

  • After 11 years and several children, the holiday toy onslaught has eased up. A few years ago, I had had it with lugging carloads of toys in (Christmas) and out of the house..

    I learned to make an Amazon wishlist for each child that included exactly what they liked and needed. I suggested useful gifts, including daycamp, lessons, gear, and such.

    I began to slowly change up what we as parents gave- switching over to more needed items, handmade items, and LESS! My girl was actually happy to find nail trimmers she needed- stuffed in a plastic Easter egg!