30-Day Organize-athon | Day 17: Declutter The Kids’ Toys

30 Day Organize athon 17

30-Day Organize-athon 17

Welcome to the 30-Day Organize-athon!

In today’s 5 minutes we’re going to express-declutter the kids’ toys.

Inhale: clarity, freedom, order. We’re gonna need it!

Day 17: Declutter The Kids’ Toys

Note: Decide on the extent to which you need to consult/involve the kids. This will depend on their ages and your family style.

Step 1: Grab a large bag or box. Depending on which option you choose in Step 3, you may need additional boxes/bags.

Step 2: Gather all the kids’ toys into one location. (If this alone takes more than 5 minutes it doesn’t count!)

Choose one of the following options:

Option A

Step 3: Quickly going through the collection, toss into the bag/box any toys that:

  • Your kids have outgrown
  • Are broken or dangerous
  • Have been divested of batteries because they’re so annoying
  • Are in poor condition
  • Are doubles.

Step 4: Extract any toys that are safe and in good condition for a charity bag. Toss the rest.

Option B

Step 3: Give each child a large bag/box and ask them to fill it up with their favorite toys –  the ones they want to keep. Explain that the rest can be given to kids who don’t have so many toys and would really love some more. (This may take more than 5 minutes, but perhaps you can go do something else while the kids ponder their collections?)

Step 4: Of the remaining toys, extract any that are safe and in good condition for a charity bag. Toss the rest.

And you’re done!

Got an Extra 5 Minutes?

Check your own toy collection (um, please keep comments G-rated for this blog Smile) for:

  • Ancient, out-of-date or falling-apart board games
  • Surplus packs of playing cards
  • Previous versions of games consoles
  • Computer/video games no one plays anymore.

Now won’t everyone have more fun with the good stuff that’s left?

The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra

Move fast. Don’t overthink. Let it go!

Start the 5-minute timer now.

Leave Your Comment Below…

Pease leave your comment below and say you’ve completed today’s task.

See you tomorrow!

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Michele | Get Organized Gal

Michele is into writing, books, simplicity, love, TV, productivity, and staying thin in a world of chocolate.

147 thoughts on “30-Day Organize-athon | Day 17: Declutter The Kids’ Toys

  1. Linda says:

    Did this several weeks ago before we painted. Got rid of lots of old stuff the grandkids don’t play with any more.

  2. Valerie says:

    Fell behind again… had people over from out of town over the weekend. So I am done with 16 and 17 but task 15 will need more time and I will just have to get back to that. Soooooo….. I am done, less one. 🙂

  3. Adele Antal says:

    My 7yo son actually did this all by himself during the last school holidays – the rule for everyone is if you cannot find a home for whatever item, then it does not stay in the house. Most things are usually donated to charities .

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  5. Jodie says:

    My bubs is only 7 months old so he uses everything we have. I have however packed away his swing as he can’t fit into it anymore.

  6. Krista says:

    Sent them on their way and could not believe the grumbles to do this! Guess it’s been awhile since we did such a thing. Oy! Let’s see how they look when they come back with their bags filled…tick tock….2.5 min. & they sound buzzing about and rather into it…uh-oh a 2 min. argument “dude, that’s my science thing!”…ok, they worked that one out…times up and the verdict is it was not so difficult…”it was better than picking up poop.”

  7. Mary M says:

    This one is done without lifting a finger….kids all gone, only grandkids who visit now….and their toys are in a pretty little wood box with wheels with brightly painted colors!

  8. Darcy says:

    No little kids, or big ones for that matter and so I guess I get a break today. I did a general walk through and looked for stuff that collects up for no good reason, put some things away and got rid of some other stuff. So done.

  9. Tanya Watson says:

    We try and do this every couple of months – it’s amazing how many you accumulate. We have just started school holidays here so great timing. The kids love going through all their old toys – it’s like Christmas all over again when they find things they forgot they had. We donated a lot to families who lost everything in floods here a while back. My 5 year old especially liked that they were going to help other kids that had lost all their toys. It warmed my heart to see his generousity in action.

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