We need a toy clear out.
It feels like our house is bursting at the seams.
I find it almost claustrophobic.
But it’s not always easy to find the time or the inclination to do it.
My daughter is seven and loves all kinds of toys.
Whereas my son is ten and he’s gone past the stage of toy hoarding.
I’m glad that we only have one of them toy obsessed at this point.
I can’t go anywhere without my daughter asking for a toy.
And whilst I don’t give into her every time, I do on the odd occasion.
Spreading From Room To Room
At first the toys were limited to bedrooms.
Now they’re spread throughout the house.
That includes the lounge, hallway, kitchen and bathroom!
Just when you think you’ve tidied them all away.
Out they come again with a vengeance.
And They Keep Coming
It’s great that other people are having a toy clear out too.
But it’s not so great when they offer more toys to us.
Well it’s good until they actually arrive and they take up even more space.
My wife brought home a car boot full of toys she’d been given at the weekend.
I can’t say I was overly pleased when she told me!
The Shed Is Overflowing
If it weren’t for our garden shed we’d be up the creek without a paddle.
It’s been a lifesaver when it comes to storing toys.
But it’s getting to the point where you can barely move around inside.
Boxes And More Boxes
We’ve moved house a few times over the past few years.
Some of the things we packed into boxes when we last moved are still in the shed.
I kept some of the boxes we unpacked to store some toys in.
Now they’re full to the brim and overflowing.
I’ve run out of space to hide more toys away.
It’s Too Cold To Sort Things Out
I keep meaning to get out to the shed and sort things out.
The last few weeks have been cold or even worse, cold and wet.
Not the best time to be sorting out toys in the shed.
There’s no point in getting the boxes out for everything to get soaked.
Once Bitten Twice Shy
Having a toy clear out often needs to happen at times the kids are around.
And that in itself can cause a few problems.
They’re reluctant to give up old toys that they’ve grown up with.
Even if those toys are for a much younger child.
A Previous Clear Out
When we moved a couple of years ago, quite a few toys went to the charity shop.
Some also went to friends and family.
And just when we thought we’d managed to get rid of loads of stuff…
My daughter insists on looking for one of the toys we’ve given away.
Coming clean is the only way but it’s never easy.
A Costly Mistake
The toy in question was a cabbage patch doll that she’d owned for many years.
It hadn’t been played with for a long time.
The loss of the doll caused so much upset we ended up having to buy another one.
In the time she’d had it, cabbage patch dolls seemed to have disappeared in the UK.
So it was a costly purchase on Ebay to get one from the US.
How Do You Go About Having A Toy Clear Out?
Do you do the clear out with your kids or when they’re not around?
Have you ever had to buy the same toy again?