Choosing Clutter Free Toys – A guest post

The internet is a strange place! You end up meeting people with ideologies similar to yours, even without you ever actually having met them in person! One such person is Anjana (namesake ahoy!) of Mommy Republic and we both seem to have the same vibes about clutter free toys. Anjana Bhartia is a mommy blogger on MommyRepublic  and MyHealthSuraksha She describes herself as an imperfect mom stumbling through motherhood, discovering the joys of natural and attachment parenting along the way.

Read on to see what her suggestions for clutter free toy management!

How to keep your house clutter free from your kids toys!

With kids, at home, you always have too many toys spread around the home – in every nook and corner! You organize everything hundred times a day and still, everything is on the floor, sofa, chair!! Didn’t you clean that?!?! How kids manage to get toys and food inside every nook in the house is beyond me!

It doesn’t even matter whether you work or are a stay at home parent, if you have kids at home- a lot of toys keep on pilling up – and you keep putting them back – and on and on it goes!  When we look at our homes, we can find baskets overflowing with toys and our feet painfully discover Lego blocks every now and then!

No matter how much we try to remain clutter free – there is always something left behind. Clutter usually starts small but if we leave it unattended for a long time, it will eventually becomes a stressful task, doesn’t it?!?

Everyone wants to have a clean home, here by the word clean, I mean neat and clutter free home. But it’s difficult getting there, isn’t it? Here are some tips I follow while selecting clutter free games for kids.

#1. Less is more

No matter how hard we try for a minimalist lifestyle, we keep on purchasing something every week! It is important to say “no” to ourselves while buying something just as important it is for the kids as well to hear that! Our habits have a great influence on our kids too, so always look for the toys which your child is interested in. Don’t buy toys just because you are getting it for a good price or you might use it in future.

Sales and discounts entice people into thinking that they’re going to get a very good deal and they end up buying stuff which doesn’t get used!  Re-evaluate the toys which make your kids happy – and you’ll discover that out of the 200 toys that he has he enjoys playing with only 15 of them! Also avoid the childhood memories revolving around toys and focus on gifting your children memorable experiences.

#2. Put a cap on it!!

This can be done by organizing the toys and limit your child’s access to them. So, only keep those toys out which your kids play with frequently. Hide away half of them and keep rotating them so that the toy becomes “new”. These rotations of toys will ensure that kids play with everything periodically. Once in a while give them the privilege of and choosing and taking one game or toy themselves. This will show them the importance of these “special” toys!

#3. Always buy low clutter toys

 When it comes to kids toys, always be choosy what to buy. Before buying a toy for your child always ask the question to yourself “Will your child love this?” and “For how long? ” and “Does this toy allows my child to be creative? There are some toys like Legos, wooden blocks which are open ended and kids can use them creatively. Open ended games for kids helps to unlock your child’s imagination and are more beneficial than flashy battery operated ones!

#4. Buy Durable Toys
Before buying a toy, check for the durability and the quality of the toy. It may require you spending a bigger amount initially but when it comes to quality it is better not to compromise. Eventually, the toy can fetch good resale value too.

Here is a list of some Low Clutter Toys which has a good life

  1. Lego
  2. Chalkboard
  3. Art Supplies
  4. Kinetic Sand
  5. Felt Books
  6. Wooden Boards
  7. Colouring Books
  8. Playdough
  9. Train Table
  10. Board games

Outdoor Toys

  1. Trampoline
  2. Bats and balls
  3. Bubbles
  4. Kid’s bow and arrow set

Indoor and Comforting Toys

  1. Soft toys like animals, teddy
  2. Child-sized reading chair
  3. Blanket

#5. Don’t hoard – give away or sell them off!

Sentiment is good, but not all toys can hoarded in the name of sentimental value. You will make life difficult for yourself if you have more and more things to organize. Carefully evaluate which toys your child has outgrown and give them away. Or if they have good resale value, then sell them off. Let another child enjoy the toy that is going to collect dust in your storeroom!

Lastly, try to keep everything organized. Everything has a place, ask your, child, to put the toy where it belongs too. This will reduce a lot of work as it is also a great way to motivate your child to be well organized.

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