Who doesn’t have toys in their house when you have kids? When we first became parents, seventeen years ago, we slowly began to purchase toys for our firstborn. However, there was always something inside of me, holding me back from buying her several toys. I have always hated clutter and thought, the more toys she has, the more mess everywhere, and she will not value all of them. Our final decision was to not purchase so many toys for her. Now that our three, oldest children are teenagers, we only have to worry about our youngest daughter, now six years old.
To this day, we do purchase toys for her, but not a massive amount. I try to purge her number of toys weekly and get rid of the ones she no longer plays with. As with all our children, we feel the more toys they have, the less love they will have for writing, reading and art. Kids with lesser toys will also learn to have better social skills. Not to mention, appreciating to playing outside and enjoy nature.
For now, since my youngest daughter shares room with my middle daughter, she keeps her toys in our Family Room. After she finished playing with them, she would pile them up in the corner. I was trying to find a better way to store them, other than on a shelf or under her small writing table. Today, at a thrift store, I found an adorable toy chest that doubles as a white board to play with. Not only was it the perfect size, color and shape, it was only $15!! It also can serve as her table to draw or do her homework on. I was so happy.
At the same thrift shop, I found this bulletin board for $2.99. Here, I will eventually hang her best schoolwork. At this time, I just hung some of my favorite family pictures. Also displayed on wall is a Disney World caricature drawn of my kids in Florida, two years ago. There is also a silhouette profile made by my youngest daughter when she was five years old.
There is no better feeling than a clean, uncluttered home. Toys can eventually stack up in your home. If you avoid accumulating so many toys, you will have a healthier and tidier home for your children.