DH and I struggled with the idea of presents for the children last Christmas. Not just because we spent our Christmas out of the country and didn’t want to incur excess baggage costs, but our dear children have too many toys and we have run out of space to keep them in our home. I bet some of you can relate. Our children have accumulated so many gifts from prior years... Birthdays, Christmas, Just because gifts… You name it! Christmas 2014 Santa made it rain. They received every single item on their list. Their uncles and aunts even bought things we weren’t able to get.
So what do you do with the old toys to make room for the new toys? Here are a few helpful tips:
Many charitable organizations will be glad to pick up gently used toys from your home. We received a call from a charity right before we traveled and they asked for any kind of donations including toys. We boxed up quite a lot of the toys and left them curbside as agreed with the company. They picked it up with their van on the scheduled date and gave us a receipt for tax deduction.
Donations can be to domestic or international concerns. It can even be to younger cousins or friends. Your trash today can be someone else’s treasure!
2. Yard Sale
A yard sale is a great way to get rid of many things you no longer need in your home. Naturally these include toys, furniture, and children’s clothing. I live in a community that has a set date at least twice a year for yard sales. With such events already broadcast by the community, you are hopeful that lots of traffic will come your way. Plus, it’s a great way to get some extra cash! If you don't live in a community like mine you can still set up your own yard sale. To attract the right crowd you will need to share fliers in your community and in your neighboring community if possible.
For those thinking of having more children you can select and pack up the old toys, preferably by age. Once the new addition to your family is here and gets to different stages of play you can bring out the toys for his or her appropriate age.
If your children are still within the appropriate age of the toys they have you can put the ones they are tired of away for a little while and bring them back when the novelty of the new ones wear off. Give the children some time and they will be creative with their old toys. Kids are always coming up with fun new ways to play with toys. Their imagination is incredible!