In her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo taught the world her unique KonMari Method of tidying up. It boils down to this: if an object in your home doesn't "spark joy" -- dump it. This simple method is nothing short of life-changing. It gives you permission and a framework for going through your worldly possessions and deciding what you truly need in your space. By clearing out your home of things that don't spark a feeling of joy in your heart (read: clutter), you make space for the things that do indeed bring joy.
But what about toy clutter? I know the thought of going through my 6-year-old daughter's toys and asking her to dump the ones that don't "spark joy" would throw us both over the edge. Yet her toy room needed cleaning and organizing.
So here's what I did:
1. On a day when my daughter wasn't home, I tackled her toy room. I bagged up any toys that I knew 100% that she hadn't played with in the past three years. These were the toys that I also felt had never had any real sentimental value in her mind. I packed two bags up in the car and donated them to a daycare. I also got rid of any toys that had missing parts/were broken beyond repair. I went through her books as well, and boxed up any books that were ready to be read by an eager set of toddlers and preschoolers, and donated them as well.
2. That same afternoon, when my daughter came home, we Kon-Marie'd whatever was left. I had a box - the donation box - ready for her to fill on her own. We went through her toy chest and I asked her if she really wanted to keep the toy or if it would be better to let someone new play with the toy. Surprisingly, she caught on to the Kon Mari method and was happy to clear away some toys. I emphasized how great it will be to have a clean, organized playroom. It was a win for both of us!
Here's another solution:
Pley lets you rent unlimited toys for unlimited fun! Your kids can choose their favorite toys - LEGO®, K'NEX, and More...and they're delivered to your door! When your kids are done with the toy, you just send it back for a new shipment. Play, Return, Repeat.
What are the advantages of renting vs. buying new toys?
Renting toys gives you access to a bigger selection of toys. And toys offer learning opportunities. The more varied the toys, the more learning and motor skill opportunities. Pley offers access to a large selection of educative toys, including 400+ LEGO sets and popular robotics toys.
When you rent toys, you have access to the latest and greatest toys. Your kids will have a chance to check out a new toy to see if they like it.
It's cheaper to rent toys. On average, Pley members save ~$800/year.
Renting toys helps reduce clutter: There is nothing worse than having a mountain of toys that no one even really plays with any longer. Pley packages get delivered to your door and when the kids are done playing, they can return them for a new toy. No more toys sitting unused on shelves!
How have you resolved to avoid toy clutter this year? Share in the comments below!