Friday, March 4, 2011
Clear the Clutter
Last week we had winter break. My boys and I took advantage of the time off to do some decluttering. I talked about one of our projects on this post. They did such a great job with cleaning their closet I thought it was a good idea to tackle another growing problem in our house: stuffed animals.
I think stuffed animals reproduce! I don't know how we get overrun by them year after year. The boys have a toy box in their rooms for stuffed animals. The problem was that there was no way to close the box anymore. The animals were on the floor, under the bed, in the basement, everywhere in the house. I could find at least one stuffed animal in any room I walked into. It was time to give some of these cute little guys to someone that needed them.
Our first step was to get all the stuffed animals throughout the house in one location. We put them all on the floor so it was easy to see them.
Each child was able to pick 5 toys they wanted to keep. Those toys were put on their bed. Then they had to pick 5 toys to donate. Those went in the hallway. We did 4 rounds of this, so the boys had 20 stuffed animals on their bed. Next they were allowed to look at the toys in the hallways and trade if they wanted to keep one of them. Things were going well up until this point. We started seeing some tears because it was hard to decide on a few. So being the softy I am, I let them keep a few extra.
I explained to them that these toys will be going to other children that don't have so many toys and that they will be loved and played with by those children. When we were done, we ended up with a large lawn bag overflowing with stuffed animals.
And we still have over 60 stuffed animals in the house. Which I think is too much, but they do love them and play with them often and I can only handle so many sad tears from my children.
So what I'm I going to do with all those toys? I plan on calling around to some shelters or churches to see if they can use them to brighten a child's day.