My weekend project was The Great Toy Purge of 2012. I’m now on the other side and I’m a better woman for it.
I’m not sure how things got to this stage. I could defend myself by saying that we have four kids of different ages and sexes who play with different things. And we have a generous family…and good friends who pass along toys they think we might like. But the fact remains — we have a lot of stuff. We don’t use all that stuff. We should probably give the stuff we’re not using to people who might like to use the stuff.
|A tiny, small portion of the stuff|
So very soon, I will show you horrible, embarrassing before and after pictures. I really think I might rather post a pic of me in my underwear than the one of my basement disaster…but lucky for you, I shall stay on-topic.
Before I started, I laid out some rules:
-Focus: I will concern myself only with inside kids’ toys. I will not be sidetracked organizing books, bathtub toys or outdoor toys. Otherwise, I won’t get any of those things sorted.
-Involve the Kids: I went back and forth on this one. I finally decided to make them part of this — first because I planned on getting rid of a significant amount of stuff. If I did this while they were at school, they’d never leave me alone in the house again. Also, I wanted them to make a few decisions about what to keep and give away themselves. I’m glad I did because they surprised me.
-Be Prepared: buy all supplies ahead of time. I bought extra storage boxes and kept receipts because I didn’t want to run out and stall my project. Get batteries in every size for toys and replace them as you go (also the only way to make sure toys work…if they don’t — toss ’em!) You’ll also want garbage bags, markers for labeling, and smaller bags for puzzle pieces and toys with lots of parts.
Tomorrow — some help with the age-old question of what to keep and what to toss or donate!
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