Kids certainly have a lot of stuff! Over 6 years Little H has accumulated enough toys to open her own toy shop. And of course, she never plays with any of them because she spends most of her time watching other kids play with their toys on YouTube!
Last week I’d had enough and decided to blitz her bedroom. We had a major clear out and it’s so much better, she can actually see some floor space now. It’s a shame I didn’t do a before and after photo.
I even managed to make quite a bit of money in the process. Here’s what we did…
Sort into piles
We sorted all toys into one of three piles – keep, donate, sell and throw away. A bit like this fab idea I found on Pinterest from prettyhandygirl.com
I let Little H do this and she actually wasn’t too bad at letting things go. Most of it she’d forgotten she had, and a lot of the toys were much too young for her anyway.
The keep pile was then split between putting back into their proper drawers, or in the case of a lot of soft toys that she didn’t want to get rid of, put into the loft.
I added a lot to local Facebook selling groups and made £40 which all went into Little H’s money box. The baby toys and Disney Princess dressing up costumes sold instantly, so if you still have any of these lying around then it might be worth listing them for sale.
Anything that didn’t sell or I knew wasn’t worth much went into the charity bag. We ended up with 1 huge bin liner full of teddies, puzzles and the like.
Get rid quickly
If you don’t take the charity shop bags to the shop straight away then your child will probably end up rifling through them and taking back toys. They might sit in your bags for six months but t at least they’re out of the house!
Get kids involved
I found that letting Little H choose what to do with the toys was a good idea, though it obviously took a lot longer! I explained that she could have the money to buy herself some new toys which gave her a good incentive to get rid of stuff.
Once we’d got rid of lots of unwanted toys, Little H’s bedroom was a lot clearer. We put everything away in drawers (thank god for Ikea!) and hid other toys underneath her cabin bed. Don’t just buy more storage otherwise you’ll just end up with more stuff again in no time.
Do you need a bit of a clear out now the kids have outgrown some of their toys? How much cash do you think you’ll be able to make?