Saturday was pretty exciting around our house. We gathered EVERY SINGLE TOY and brought them to be sorted and purged.
Yes, that’s correct – the very room we cleaned up on Friday night, we filled with toys from around the house on Saturday morning. Everyone helped to bring toys from near and far – while I sorted like items to figure out exactly what we had.
I’ve found this to be the single most effective way to purge in our house – pick an item and gather EVERYTHING from EVERYWHERE before you decide what to keep and where it should be stored. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in a never ending cycle of finding things (like toys) all around the house and you’ll never know how much you really have. You’ll also never be able to figure out the best storage solution when things are scattered in various rooms.
Here are examples of how we sorted our toys:
Obviously, Brock loves balls.
It drove Brian crazy that I dumped every block of every kind into one big container and out of their separate containers. Totally doesn’t even phase me. Goodbye block bags.
Glennie the Great collected pull string doggies for our kiddos and we love them.
The remaining bags after I purged those months ago.
All the puzzles…
We emptied out the massive entertainment center turned toy cabinet of all the toys and decor it had been holding and hiding so well.
One remaining item that took up an entire side of our cabinet: games.
The more I thought about these games, the more I questioned why exactly we store them here. We don’t use the games in the playroom – it’s always the living room or kitchen. They’ve been a mixed up mess for years and we truly love games, but not how they’ve been stored. It’s jumbled and hard to get to and not effective at all.
Time to rethink as I focused on games for part 1 of our toy purge on this #trashouttuesday.
First, out of the cabinet they all came.
Woah. That’s a lot of games.
Immediately I knew there were games our kids could care less about and could be better used by our preschool. Those came straight out to be donated tomorrow morning when we drop Kylie off. I mean, there is NO reason we should have two games of Candy Land. Whyyyyyy?????
I sorted games by 2 categories: adult/family games and kid games.
My biggest determining factor was if it was a game I would be fine with the kids getting out themselves to play with and not worry about lost pieces. Those can be easily accessed and the remaining games need to be put inside cabinets where Brock can’t tear them to pieces.
Oh what fun going through our old games. This one belonged to my parents when they were newlyweds – it’s probably 40+ years old at this point!!
Next – find a location. This cabinet previously held our television, but got relocated behind the couch next to our table. It’s been holding random items since we moved it a few months ago.
This is the perfect place for our games. It’s located right beside the table, in the living room and has doors that I can child-lock to keep Brock out.
After getting all the games in, I still had a little room for other items. I added books, flash cards (we learned real quick-like to keep those out of reach from Brock – otherwise, flashcards ALLL over the house), and the floor puzzles.
I took some of the floor puzzles out of their ugly bags and placed into buckets that were given by grandparents as Easter baskets.
There were only 2 games out of our collection that didn’t fit into the cabinet because they were too wide. Those fit into the kitchen desk lower cabinet on the other side of our table.
The end result was fantastic! All of our games fit so nicely and they are ready for us to get our play on!!! That leaves us more room to use our playroom cabinets effectively and makes great use of the cabinet by the table. ANNND we’re on a roll of getting rid of items we don’t use. Yay!
Are you in need of a purge in your home? Pick one item and gather every item from around the house. Set it all out together so you see the amount (it might be way more than you thought). Figure out what to keep, sell or donate. Then, find a location that makes sense to store all of your like items together.
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