So now that you have taken a toy tour, I have a few more tips for you…
1. One thing that I continually do is rotate my toys. Every month, I move things around, store a few things away for the month, and bring out some of the new toys. It honestly encourages to the kids to play with toys that they haven’t touched in awhile—no joke! For example, I had the Megabloks down in the basement taking up space without anyone touching them for the past month. I just moved them up to Aiden’s room and now they are everyday toys! I do the same thing with our books rotating them between bedrooms, playroom, dining room, and our side room. This works out great not just for them, but for you because if these is a book that you just can’t read one more time (Can we say I have read too much Thomas) then I shuffle it down the basement to shake it out of our bedtime rotation!
2. Get rid or store toys that are not played with. I have packed up all baby toys for the next one that I loved and last month, I did a major purge of our entire house and got rid of any toy that my kids NEVER played with. Even if with another one on the way, we have PLENTY of toys!
3. Restrain from BUYING! We rarely buy a new toy. Unless I find a major garage sale deal or if Grandma or Grandpa surprise them on their visits out, we don’t really shop the toy aisles. Andrew is at the age where he doesn’t ask for anything yet and Aiden will point out things he wants when we run errands, but know that they go on a “birthday” list. If he still wants it around birthday/Christmas time—then we always know what to get him or tell relatives what toys he may actually want. And I can tell you that as of now and his birthday is two months away, we only have two items that consistently stayed on the list over the past few months!