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I need to sort out these toys!!
« on: March 23, 2013, 17:29:28 pm »
seriously the house is just awful by the end of the day  :-[

I need to do some serious toy rotation but feel a bit overwhelmed. I don't actually think we have THAT many toys compared to a lot of people but I have to change something because there is so much out and also that doesn't get much use.

I know we have had a thread about this but anyone willing to share what they do?





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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2013, 18:03:29 pm »
I got some stackable plastic boxes from home base and put  in them. They are stacked in under stairs cupboard. One has his CD Player and CDs etc so they are easy to get out for an hour then clear away back under the stairs.

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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2013, 18:11:03 pm »
I got some stackable plastic boxes from home base and put breasts in them.

Does that make for a tidier house Buntybear  ;) ;D?

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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2013, 18:20:48 pm »
Had me tickled too!

We have toys sorted by type - cars, playmobil, dressing up, construction, pretend play etc in some boxes in the bottom of our storage cabinet, freely available. I do ask that if one comes out, another goes away, and it seems to work. We also have some other stuff like games and craft supplies tucked away in the cupboards and a craft area permanently set out ready to go. With the organiser I bought just before xmas the craft stuff can all be out but also tidy - and that's what gets the most regular use in our house.
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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2013, 18:25:49 pm »
Lolol! I don't even know what I meant!!!

I must have meant toys but really??!!

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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2013, 18:47:50 pm »
Yep we have all ours sorted into clear plastic boxes with lids too, and we also get one lot put away before anything else comes out, otherwise I find he doesn't 'play' at all - it all just becomes a mess on the floor that gets thrown about.
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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2013, 19:28:00 pm »
sorry, don't think I explained very well. I have great storage but just too many toys and while I love the idea of putting something away before getting the next one out it just does not happen here unless I am on them every minute. M is younger so just pulls stuff out everywhere, lines up the toy cars and shoots them off the end of the table etc etc. But it is getting me down. I guess I need to rotate but it always daunts me.




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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2013, 19:40:48 pm »
We are in a similar position Becky. I know that I need to rotate stuff and I think for me I need to firstly figure out what my 'issues' are with it iyswim  ::).  I think partly I am worried that it is a waste of the toys if they are away for months and that the kids will outgrow them.  BUT I *know* that they would get played with in a better way if I did it, so that is plain silly!!  Also, apart from the playroom we struggle to find space to store stuff - but again, I probably just need to bite the bullet and find space for one big plastic box and put away some of the stuff.  4

What is it that you find daunting about it?  I might just bite the bullet and put a box of stuff away tomorrow and then go from there. 

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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2013, 19:42:50 pm »
We have 'out' (but in tidy baskets on the shelf):
box of people/characters
box of biggish cars/trucks
box of small cars
box of animals
box of blocks
box of jigsaws/wooden numbers and letters boards
box of books
box of musical instruments
box of 'stuff' - a mega sketcher type thing and some toilet roll tubes (which he wants to play skittles with), a couple of balls. This box is kind of bits and bobs that don't fit in with another set of stuff
busy box - random small bits and pieces for rummaging through
kitchen with pans food etc
work bench with tools
garage, fire station and car wash on his road map rug
box of dress up clothes
box of mega blocks

Sounds like absolutely tons but I don't think it's that much, it all tidies up really quickly and although it is all available he doesn't get everything out to play with at once.  Craft things, play doh etc is kept in a cupboard and I get something out each day or when he asks for it.  Everything else is kept in a room upstairs in boxes on extra deep bookshelves, he has a tendency to ask for 'just one toy from favourite room please' which means he wants to bring something down that is out of rotation.  Like today he brought down the dress up box, the fire station and car wash and I'll leave them all down a few days before reducing a bit.  He's also pretty good at selecting something to take upstairs to put out of rotation when he wants to bring something down too.

We tend to tidy up a couple of times per day so pre-nap if I have time to ask DS to help or during nap if I don't, then pre-dinner and again pre BT wind down.  There will also be times in the day I'll say he needs to clear something up before getting something else out for example today he wanted to paint but has covered his little table with toys so they had to be put away first to make room for painting.


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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2013, 19:58:24 pm »
oooh claire - I am so jealous you have a playroom! Our dining room is also the playroom so I have had to be very organised.....I think I am daunted by what to leave out and put away with 2 yk? I just find the place is a tip at the end of the day and it is getting me down plus H finds it hard to play and I wonder if removing half of it would help...or not? There is stuff nobody touches for sure so maybe I should just start with that - I also find M really only wants to play with H's stuff, nothing age related (apart from her kitchen)




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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2013, 20:16:35 pm »
oooh claire - I am so jealous you have a playroom! 

I know - we moved here from a tiny little flat and I am grateful for it every day!!

I just find the place is a tip at the end of the day and it is getting me down plus H finds it hard to play and I wonder if removing half of it would help...or not? There is stuff nobody touches for sure so maybe I should just start with that - I also find M really only wants to play with H's stuff, nothing age related (apart from her kitchen)

Yep - exactly the same here.  I do think that removing stuff helps for sure.  When I get stuff out that has been away (usually unintentionally lost because our house is a mess  ::)) the kids go crazy for it.  In fact I put some stuff away for the charity shop and ben found it a few weeks later and had a great time playing with it all  :P

I was thinking the exact same thing about E's toys yesterday - that she really is not interested.  I think I am going to put a basket together of a few bits and bobs and then just put the rest away and just swap a couple of things every couple of weeks - as what is the point of having it all out?!  She just mooches about trying to play with B's stuff all day or plays with her kitchen!! 
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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2013, 20:22:14 pm »
Not many of Olly's toys are accessible to him and so he doesn't get that much out TBH. COuld you put them out of reach?

I would definately start with putting some toys away.

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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2013, 21:06:15 pm »
Yep, start with just putting half away - like, right away, somewhere they can't see it. Worse comes to worst you can just get it out again!?





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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2013, 21:16:09 pm »
I have 2 large plastic storage tubs with lids which stay on top of DS's wardrobe, each containing 1/3 of his toys. The other 1/3 are available for him to play with either in his room or in a smaller crate in the living room.

The boxes are rotated every 3 weeks.

This is working really well - he has enough time to really play with what is available, but not so long he gets bored with it. If I miss the rotation by a few days (eg this week as I was ill) he actually does start to get bored, so I know I've got the timing right!

You can ask the kids to help decide what they want to put in each box, as they need to be on board with the idea  :)

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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2013, 06:16:13 am »
You can ask the kids to help decide what they want to put in each box, as they need to be on board with the idea 
thing is if i ask him he loves it all, wants it all etc but it is not true ;)




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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2013, 08:15:18 am »
You can ask the kids to help decide what they want to put in each box, as they need to be on board with the idea 
thing is if i ask him he loves it all, wants it all etc but it is not true ;)

Stan's the same, but didn't even notice when I took half away!





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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2013, 08:38:49 am »
I think I get a bit stuck when I think about it too much yk? I have been onto toy rotation websites and they suggest sorting it all into groups which is  a great idea but I find myself constantly asking questions - i.e. do I have enough of this set out etc....




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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2013, 08:48:19 am »
Yeh don't overthink it. I started by putting away anything that I found obnoxious (noisy, irritating) in any way. Anything broken or with bits missing obviously just goes in the junk.  Anything he NEVER plays with (or gets irritated with when he does) gets put away or saved til he's older. Anything you find that he used to love but no longer really plays with could go in the 'keep' pile. Beyond that, just divide the number in half. Doesn't matter about sets. If you leave 6 tractors/trucks out and he desperately needs more for some reason, you can always go get a couple more from the 'put away' box.

After all, if he (and you) love all his toys and play with them all happily and regularly, then really you don't need to do anything to the toys per se, but maybe get a system for tidying up regularly. I agree it is exhausting with a toddler whose main game is 'get everything out' - we really don't have many toys out (although I do need to cull again) but even so, a box of little beanbags, a small box of toy animals, a box of big buttons and a box of Duplo can make an incredible mess. Then add toddler with ride-on bumblebee, scattering them all even further...
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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2013, 09:45:18 am »
Sounds like you may also have an issue with a smallish house like us? it only takes one or 2 sets of toys out (like the blocks AND the dolls house) and the house seems 'FULL' of toys. And we are also in the toddler phase of tip ALL Of the toys out at once ::) Still loving reading this...
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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2013, 09:47:33 am »
You can ask the kids to help decide what they want to put in each box, as they need to be on board with the idea 
thing is if i ask him he loves it all, wants it all etc but it is not true ;)

He can still love it all, but it needs to be divided into 2 or 3 boxes  ;) It's only going away for a week or two, then he can have it again (or sooner if he really insists upon having a certain item!)

If it's going to be more chaotic to involve the kids then do it when they're not around / asleep  :)

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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2013, 09:54:27 am »
Sounds like you may also have an issue with a smallish house like us? it only takes one or 2 sets of toys out (like the blocks AND the dolls house) and the house seems 'FULL' of toys. And we are also in the toddler phase of tip ALL Of the toys out at once ::) Still loving reading this...

We have small rooms so this is why I have to be careful - our iving room has about 2m squared usable floor space, and we only have 1 chair and one sofa in there, no coffee table as there isn't room! Fortunately it opens onto the dining room so DS has a corridor to run up and down (half the dining room is taken up with our very small dining table and chairs!)

If toys were out everywhere it would be a major trip hazard for all of us  :(

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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2013, 10:48:52 am »
Sounds like you may also have an issue with a smallish house like us?
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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2013, 11:31:14 am »
done, just did not think too hard about it and put away quite a bit. Going to change it around in about 3 weeks. Feel I have kind of just spread the clutter about but hopefully this will help downstairs




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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2013, 12:00:10 pm »
I agree with putting toys right away.

Don't ask him about which ones cos he will of course say he wants all of them.  Do it when he's asleep for example. If he then notices something is missing and asks for it to come out again then fine, but tell him he has to choose something to swap it with.

We do this with L and she totally gets the idea of swapping toys in and out of use now. Sometimes she even gets a bit overseen on putting toys away lol. But it works really well and she plays so much better when she only has about 1/3 of her toys out (ie in accessible storage) at any time.
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2013, 13:29:27 pm »
Too late to the party!  Well done, Becky for having done it!  One downside for a tidy room: DS started to explore my drawers and other places and kitchen cupboards! Lol. I have managed to delay that till now, serves me right!  :p



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« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2013, 13:58:13 pm »
Well done Becky!  8)

You'll be glad you did it :)

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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2013, 15:49:26 pm »
I just put away a lot of toys as they are only playing with dolls really. So I kept out dolls, barbies, play food (we have a toy kitchen and they like to feed the dolls). Everything else is put away in a huge armoire with a childproof lock on it. They are able to clean up after themselves much easier now.

I still think we have way too many toys, but at least they are contained well.
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« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2013, 18:07:04 pm »
I do wonder about this - how many toys is too many?
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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2013, 19:21:52 pm »
Good question! I had probably 1/10 of the toys my kids have! But, insaying that, a lot of their toys are my toys passed down and gifts. I very rarely buy toys and for birthdays and xmas now I get craft supplies instead and get the grandparents to give books/dvd's or even money towards lessons like music.  Even at their birthday party, most gifts were craft related or books, so a lot of parents here must be at max toy capacity too!

Its sad, but I can't wait for this baby to be here and use the baby toys and then be able to be rid of them when he/she is older!
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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2013, 22:58:46 pm »
how many toys is too many?
For me too many is when there are toys that are age inappropriate (so not played with, so should be packed away for later or got rid of altogether) or broken (so should mended or got rid of).  My mum gave DS a wooden Noahs ark shape sorter for xmas close to his 2nd birthday, it was appropriate for maybe up to 1yr old or longer if the child didn't have any other animal toys.  For us it was 'too many' from the day it arrived.  It didn't fulfil any of his needs, as a shape sorter it was too simplistic because the animals fitted into any slot so didn't challenge him and he already had a wide range or animals for imaginative play.  She also gave him a remote control car suitable for maybe a 5 yr old at the youngest (prob more like 10 yr old) so it was stored away.
I'm mostly happy with the toys DS has, I have been quite careful to get things that have multiple uses to prolong their life and offer a variety of play at different ages.  So if the living room feels like there is too much I just reduce and take out of rotation, there's rarely anything that is totally superfluous or 'too many'.

I had probably 1/10 of the toys my kids have!
Same here, but I also remember spending a lot of time complaining that I was bored, there weren't enough age appropriate books, crafts materials, or toys and most of what I had was passed down from older siblings and either worn out or not age appropriate.  The risk I suppose is to go the opposite to this and have too much for DS, but I see good value in everything he has.

Well done Becky!  I know what you mean about spreading the clutter. We bought 3 bookshelves to store DS's out of rotation toys and books, they are all full and then some and our guest room looks pretty tatty as a result.  But our living space is usually tidy enough and that's more important to me.


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« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2013, 13:38:20 pm »

I had probably 1/10 of the toys my kids have!
Same here, but I also remember spending a lot of time complaining that I was bored, there weren't enough age appropriate books, crafts materials, or toys and most of what I had was passed down from older siblings and either worn out or not age appropriate.  The risk I suppose is to go the opposite to this and have too much for DS, but I see good value in everything he has.

Yes, it's about balance and providing the *right* kind of toys.  I am reading Simplicity Parenting at the moment (Anna's suggestion - thank you!) and it is great - lots of good stuff to say on this topic (and more).  Would def recommend reading it.

Re boredom - it is good for kids to be bored sometimes (of course, not all the time!) because it encourages creativity and imaginative thinking.  I think the trick is to get the balance right.
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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #31 on: March 25, 2013, 13:44:10 pm »
  I am reading Simplicity Parenting at the moment (Anna's suggestion - thank you!) and it is great - lots of good stuff to say on this topic (and more).  Would def recommend reading it.

I keep meaning to order it in from the library.  I'm guessing it talks about more open ended toys that inspire imagination and creativity.  Basically that is the bulk of what we have, there is just so bloody much of it! 
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« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2013, 14:05:56 pm »
  I am reading Simplicity Parenting at the moment (Anna's suggestion - thank you!) and it is great - lots of good stuff to say on this topic (and more).  Would def recommend reading it.

I keep meaning to order it in from the library.  I'm guessing it talks about more open ended toys that inspire imagination and creativity.  Basically that is the bulk of what we have, there is just so bloody much of it! 

Yes, open-ended toys are definitely a big part of it.   Also creative toys (arts) and e.g. a gardening/tool set so LO can do proper gardening/woodwork etc (when old enough).  Also reducing the total amount available (at any time).  I will have a look this evening and see if I can summarise his key suggestions about what kinds of toys are good to be kept, and what should be got rid of.
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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2013, 14:46:45 pm »
I'm guessing it talks about more open ended toys that inspire imagination and creativity.  Basically that is the bulk of what we have
Same here. And I do agree with limiting how much is available at once too.
Some things like a box of toy animals that don't 'do' anything (ie no electronics) started out here as purely fill and dump activity when he was younger, then names and sounds of animals, counting, and I can imagine them being used in the future in a more story telling, imaginative play way.

Re boredom - it is good for kids to be bored sometimes (of course, not all the time!) because it encourages creativity and imaginative thinking.  I think the trick is to get the balance right.
For sure. I just ended up doing stuff I shouldn't have been doing from lack of challenging activities and age appropriate books etc (things like, 'what happens when I set fire to this at the kitchen hob whilst everyone else is asleep and I have hours before they are up' - scary when I think back!).  For example we had hundreds of books in our house, but few/none for my age or I would have spent a lot more time reading.

I've had that book on my wish list for a while now.  Think it will be my next purchase when I finish the one I'm reading.


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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #34 on: March 25, 2013, 14:51:52 pm »
(things like, 'what happens when I set fire to this at the kitchen hob whilst everyone else is asleep and I have hours before they are up' - scary when I think back!).

Yikes, that is scary!  If nothing else, we always had books when I was a kid as my Dad was big into the library and on the board for many years.  Loads of lego, homemade playdo, etc.  Oh yeah, that is one thing we have a load of but I forget about - lego! We keep it at a desk in our spare room because I don't want those teeny pieces all over the house.  Plus, when the baby learns to crawl, they can shut the door and not worry about infiltration!
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Re: I need to sort out these toys!!
« Reply #35 on: March 25, 2013, 14:59:10 pm »
We have a lot of 'tools' rather than toys - for example DS has his own good-quality cooking stuff and we have just bought him some lovely gardening tools. He was out there planting potatoes with DH the other day!

I find he goes for 'joining in the adult activities' kind of stuff first and then reverts to toys as he needs them....not much at all, I think. I could reduce further........

On holiday last year we took 4 or 5 activties for a week and I was amazed at how much he played! I also took stuff that I didn't care about getting broken, messed up etc and that really freed him up. Will be doing the same next time but very hard to do at home as I like to buy good quality toys and then sell them on!
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