2.04.2010

Quality, not quantity

We are currently living in a very small space, temporary and making the best of it, but very small.  And three kids means a LOT of toys.  Ah, it was just three years ago that you couldn't find a single kids toy in my house, now they have taken over.  But if you've ever had kids I don't have to tell you!

Anyway, my husband works hard all day and comes home to a frazzled wife, three kids bouncing off the walls, toys EVERYWHERE and a 160 pound dog laying in the midst of it all.  Not that I don't pick them up several times a day, but it takes all of two seconds for them to be strewn about all over again.  So today I made a choice.  Quality over quantity.  They have so many great toys that are just a little to advanced for them to play with properly, so I got out a rubbermaid and filled it with toys to bring back out in a year or so.  Then I got out a box and filled it with those filler toys, you know, the ones they pull out but don't really play with.  If I don't see they love it, it's time to let it go. 

I told myself the less toys we have out to play with the less time it will take to pick up, the happier mommy and daddy will be and the more creative projects we can do.  So what's left? A small play kitchen, our felt play house (see the photo to the right, you can win one starting monday!) one dolly, two tractors, some race cars, a ball, and lots of books.  Really, that's it!  Don't worry, we have lots of crayons, paper, watercolor paints and imagination. 

Just thought I might inspire you to get rid of something today, make your life a little easier, you'll thank me.

9 comments:

  1. I liked this post, as I hate big plastic toys...and love creative games and art projects. My hats off to you for taking this step into a organized creative space. The less "stuff" to play with, the more the imagination comes into play!

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  2. I do that about every 6 months...Thanks for the reminder. I found you because of your giveaway...hope to see you soon around my blog...I am a follower now :)

    www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

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  3. Way to go with decluttering! I desperately need to do this, but we have the ONLY grandchild on both sides of the family and too many toys to count. I put boxes away in the closet and then when she starts seeming bored with what is currently out I do a switcharoo...and usually the old stuff goes ahead and finds it way to goodwill or the local consignment shop.

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  4. I did something similar. I only kept out what I thought the kids themselves could put away in 5 minutes. My kids tend to use the imagination more and their toys less. It is not stressful anymore...pfew!

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  5. I did something similar but I couldn't reduce so much as you! :)
    Some baby toys I store it (in case another baby appears) and I put others in a box and give it to the city's hospital.
    But, there are lots of toys laying around!!!

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  6. Good for you!! Both of my guys have way to many toys, it's insane. With the littlest guy ( he's one ) I have a couple of totes that I keep toys in and store in the basement and every couple of months or so I switch them out with the ones he's been playing with, minus a few of his favorites. This keeps him interested in them and he is not overwhelmed by 100s of toys, plus everything gets played with and used. Just found your blog through Jen over at Tatertots and Jello, Love it here and became a follower :)

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  7. Ha! I just had a conversation about this with my hubby. Right now we have our living room set up wth the couch in the corner and all toys go behind the couch in a lovely shelf with 4 baskets. HOWEVER, nothing is evern in the basket and it's TRASHED all the time! I can't see the mess, but I know the kids can't really find anything eigher. I'm gonna throw most of the toys into a tub and rotate them once in a while. I will do this today! You've motivated me!

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  8. I found you today through Infarrantly Creative's post about your giveaway, my husband and I just started this process a couple of days ago. We hadn't done it in about a year and it showed! My kids get very upset though so we end up putting everything in the attic. Maybe when they're 10 we'll be able to get RID of baby toys HAHA!

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  9. And Sept. 11 is National Clean the Garage Day. Yes!

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