I have a question for you, my bloggyland friends and I would love to hear your opinions.
When you have stepped on that stinking little toy for the 5th time tonight, when you have kicked the same game left on the floor, when you picked up the stuffed animals yet again, and when you have to stand over the kids to get them to pick anything, do you chunk the toys? Do you give them away?
Here is where it starts. I am one person trying to keep this place clean and picked up after 8 people. I figure that if the toys, games and such are too much for the children to keep picked up then there is too much stuff for them to be responsible for.
We have pared things down a good bit by getting rid of the toys that were broken, missing pieces, outgrown, never played with, etc.
What is left are supposed to be their favorites and “can’t live without them toys”.
I give the children a set amount of time to clean up and what they leave down when it is bedtime is supposed to go. It can be donated or thrown away. The problem is that I have a problem getting rid of the toys. I know where they got them. I know how much fun they have had with that toy(s). I like the toys. I then have a hard time getting rid of them. I don’t have any extra space to store them.
How do I let go of the toys? I am not a big pack rat but I can get very attached. Oh, taking a picture to remember the item doesn’t work. Sometimes it is not an attachment to the toy but rather I think it is a great toy and that they could have a lot of fun playing with it. Not to mention I don’t like the idea of throwing money or good toys down the drain!
Do you ever have a hard time getting rid of specific toys that belong to your kids?
What do you do?
How do you let go?
I would love to hear what you have to say!