For little ones, birthdays and holidays are probably the most favorite times of year. After all, it is the only time when they receive an influx of gifts from relatives, friends, and even neighbors. The downside to a sudden inflow of toys is that not all will be met with a happy smiling face and 'ah’ expression. Some will be rejected from the very start, while others will only be used for a while only to be cast away after their allure fades. Therefore, parents are left with unwanted, but still usable, toys that tend to increase with each passing year. If left unresolved, the situation can easily escalate into a mountain of unused toys that make you want to scream or turn and run whenever you enter your child’s bedroom or playroom. So, make sure to carry out the following steps before it gets to that point.
1. Give up for Charity
If your child already has a ton of toys, donating the unwanted items to the less fortunate is the best course of action. The best part is that it is so easy to rid yourself of wanted toys via the option of donation. This is especially so during the holiday season where you need to only walk a few blocks from your home to find toy drive setups. Even without the seasonal toy drives, still there are plenty of places to donate toys (for example hospitals, charity shops, children’s homes, online charity organizations, etc.) all year round.
2. Throw a Toy Swap Party
A swap party offers you the chance to rid your home of a stockpile of unwanted toys and still make your child happy. For this to work however, it is essential that kids are included in the swapping part of the party. Getting kids involved in the exchanging of toys helps to ensure that items are exchanged quickly and everyone goes home happy with a toy that they will actually use.
3. Make Use of Open-Source Online Stores
Whether it is a busted kitchen faucet, the premature malfunction of the water heater, or a sale that has offers you simply cannot afford to pass up, there are always situations that call for the use of money you had not budgeted for. Thanks to open source online selling sites such as eBay and Craigslist, you can rid yourself of unwanted toys and solve emergency monetary situations without digressing too far from your usual household budget. And if this fails, you could always hold a garage sale from your home or find a local car boot sale.
4. Try Re-gifting
If you have kids, chances are that you also have little nephews, nieces, & cousins or friends with children. This therefore means that you probably spend a good amount of money each year on gifts. The unwanted toys in your home offer you a chance of saving some of that money. After all, one child’s unwanted toy is another kid’s treasured plaything. So, gather up all unwanted toys, reseal them, and store them for the next Christmas, new year, and birthday. Just make sure that the original gift givers do not find out, as the last thing you want is to have to explain how a gift they went to all the trouble to get and maybe even spent a lot of money on, ended up with another child.
Although, a major drawback to holidays and birthdays, unwanted toys do not have to take over your home. With any of the above ideas, you will be able to declutter your home and stay on top of the toy chaos that affects most homes today.