So along with the rules I laid out for myself before embarking on this massive toy purge, I also gave a lot of thought to what we’d keep and what we’d get rid of. Here was my criteria to organize things:
|Trash Total: 4 bags, 1 box, 1 broken pink basket, 1 broken Magna Doodle|
-anything from McDonalds’, doctors’ offices, birthday party gift bags or similar
-puzzles with missing pieces (unless you’re crafty and want to do something like this with them. What you should not do, however, is donate them to a thrift store and saddle someone else with your crappy puzzles. Just throw them out.)
-broken toys that cannot be fixed (see above)
-anything I can’t recognize in less than 60 seconds
|Donation Total: 2 large bins, 1 bag, 2 puzzles (with all the pieces!), 1 shape sorter|
-duplicate toys (we had three Fisher Price trains. What the what??)
-battery-sucking toys (I know me. I’m not replacing batteries often. Which means the toy’s being wasted.)
-toys that just aren’t us. I’m not sure how to explain this except that I find some toys annoying or weird or I just don’t like them. Totally subjective and someone else might like them so they get donated.
-unique toys (handmade toys, toys brought to us from other countries, toys that aren’t mass-produced)
-sentimental toys (favorite teddys, dolls, etc)
-toys I know are played with frequently
We decided everything else on a case-by-case basis. If the kids had a good argument for it, we kept. If they didn’t really care, we tossed.
Now I’m trying to figure out the eco-friendliest way to get rid of plastic toys. Is there a better solution than dumping them in a landfill? I have a sinking feeling there isn’t, but if you’ve got any ideas, I’d love to read about them in the comments, along with your own ideas on how to organize toys.