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Thursday, October 3, 2013

TOY ORGANIZING: ASSESSING THE PAST

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We Americans are great at accumulating stuff, but the letting go part seems to be a bit more of a challenge.  And when it comes to organizing your family, toys seem to be a never ending battle.  So I am going to address organizing toy clutter in three parts:  assessing the past, living in the present and planning for the future.

How old are your children?  What are their current interests?  Do you plan on having any more children?  These are the types of questions that you need to ask when assessing your toy collection.  So often, we keep toys around that children have outgrown, that are no longer played with or that were never played with but were given as a gift and we feel guilty getting rid of.  You don't have to continually add to your collection without subtracting.  You can even involve your children in the toy downsizing process.  Ask them questions like "when was the last time you played with this?" or "wouldn't you like another kid to have as much fun with this as you used to?"  Show them examples of donating things you no longer need by having them help you clean out your closet, movie collection or kitchen cupboards.  Once you have paired down the past, you can move on to living (and organizing) in the present.









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