I’m not sure what your toy stash looks like but at my house, my kids are blessed to the max with toys. 😉 I’m pretty particular about the type toys my kids receive- toys that promote violence or contradict our family’s moral code are out. I prefer to buy my kids toys that are fun and educational, so when people ask about gifts for my boys, I try to steer them in that direction. 🙂
And it just so happens that we receive a lot of cool hand-me-down toys from family members whose children have outgrown them. One of the perks of being the ‘baby’ in the family, I suppose. 😉
I love having so many people who love gifting my children….that’s a huge blessing (to say the least) but I got tired of seeing toys all over the house long after playtime was over. So I had to come up with a system that would work in our little house. That’s when ‘toys on rotation’ was born.
Here’s how it works: we store a certain amount of toys in the kids’ room, all others are placed in containers and stored in the basement. After 6 months or so, we pull out a couple containers and switch things out. That’s it. It’s that simple.
And honestly, my kids seem to play so much better with less. And clean-up time isn’t near as overwhelming now that we’ve cutback on how much we have out at a time.
Take our wooden train set, for example. I considered giving it away. I felt like my boys were starting to outgrow it and they hadn’t played with that particular set in about a year. But Sunshine asked about it one day out-of-the-blue and voila! It’s like Christmas time at our house! I love it when that happens! 😉