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“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them as half as much money.” —Abigail Van Buren

 

The “ideal number” of toys will vary from family to family (if there even is one). But hopefully these tips will be helpful to those of you who know the ideal number is certainly less than you have now.

 

1. Be convinced that less is better. As with any minimalist (or simplifying) project, it always begins with a belief that less is better and desirable.

 

2. Fewer toys is different than no toys. Toys can be educational and play an important role in a child’s development. I’m not advocating no toys, I’m arguing for less.

 

3. Most children don’t buy toys for themselves – somebody else does. If there are too many toys in your home, start with yourself. Why are there so many toys in your home? A healthy look at your own motivations may go a long-way in solving this problem.

 

4. Choose quality over quantity. You and your children will benefit more from toys that are chosen for their quality (in workmanship) and purpose (playability) than for their sheer quantity. And just like everything else in life, too many toys will always distract from the truly important ones.

 

5. Start by removing the toys that are no longer used. Put the clean, unused toys in boxes and donate them to a medical center, charity shop, local church, homeless shelter or orphanage. Discard the dirty or broken ones.

 

6. Set a confined, physical space for toys -  a container, a shelving unit, or a closet. Once the space is full, there is no room to add more toys. Help your children understand that principle by clearly marking the boundaries. If they want to add (holidays and birthdays), they’ll need to remove first.

 

7. Limit your purchasing with a budget. Set a monthly/yearly budget for toys. Enforcing a predetermined budget amount will help in limiting your toy purchases.

 

8. Don’t give into fads. Toy companies generate a new “toy-fad” every few months. You don’t need to give in just because other parents are.

 

9. Avoid duplicate toys. Instead, allow your children to learn the life lessons of sharing, generosity, cooperation, and compromise.

 

10. Consider borrowing toys from a toy library rather than purchasing them.

 

11.  Involve your kids in the decluttering. Help them make decisions about which toys should stay and which should go. This will serve them well into adulthood.

 

12. Limit your toys too. Kids learn more from example than words. If your life is caught up in always needing to own the latest fashion, technology, or product on the market, theirs will be too. And it would be unreasonable to expect anything less.

 

If you are tired of the clutter in your home and looking for a solution contact Marquiss Home Management.

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