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#1 Exhaustedbuthappy

Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

Who thinks their kids have too many toys?

#2 BadCat

Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:35 PM

There's no such thing as too many toys.  Just too few cupboards.   biggrin.gif

#3 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:37 PM

Yes definitely. We spoiled them a bit but then my Mum went on complete spoil overload today. This is after we culled back a lot of toys last week leading up to Christmas. Plus it was DDs 2nd birthday 5 days ago so there are new toys just about eveywhere.

#4 Ireckon

Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

Nope  biggrin.gif

We regularly cull, and are quite practical with our gift giving so they didn't get overloaded today either. I am mean, I have a strict rule that if you haven't picked it up over the course of the day, it doesn't mean enough to you to look after, and I donate it. They learnt quite early to pick up their toys. Now...their clothes on the other hand.........

#5 Ireckon

Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

Nope  biggrin.gif

We regularly cull, and are quite practical with our gift giving so they didn't get overloaded today either. I am mean, I have a strict rule that if you haven't picked it up over the course of the day, it doesn't mean enough to you to look after, and I donate it. They learnt quite early to pick up their toys. Now...their clothes on the other hand.........

#6 Fr0g

Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:44 PM

No - DS got one 'toy', the rest some expensive sports gear we would have bought anyway (don't tell him wink.gif ).

DD got a few toys, but not OTT - went for quality, not quantity - her main gift was a pink Nikon camera & Lego set.

Not too many 'toys', as such.

#7 ubermum

Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:44 PM


I'm not big on toy buying, neither are those who buy for my kids. One got a bike, one rollerskates. Other than that, plenty of clothing, books and craft supplies.

#8 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:44 PM

No - I am a minimalist at heart so we keep very few, only favourites or really good quality things, I cull all the time. I do the same Ireckon, if you don't pick it up it means it's not that important to you so it goes.

#9 Mummzy

Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

Yes way too many!

I can't remember how to upload a photo.

Edited by Mummzy, 25 December 2012 - 05:06 PM.

#10 All-New

Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

Yes,  but I am not the one doing the buying.  One tiny "toy" each from us/santa plus essentials (things I would have got anyway), bedding, jocks, socks, pjs, shoes, clothes, craft stuff, bubble bath etc (not all of these but examples)....... and massive amounts of presents from friends and family, which if I can get away with it will go in the cupboard for later.

#11 No girls here

Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

Way too many.  But I managed to cut down significantly on relative presents this year so I was happy with how much they received this year.

#12 Tiamo

Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

We need to extend our house. Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles were out of control.  They are the only grand children on both sides.

#13 EssentialBludger

Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:40 PM

Yep, I cut it down majorly from me and DP, but 3 sets of grandparents and 3 sets of aunties/uncles, my kids probably got over 30 presents each. blink.gif

#14 librablonde

Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

My foster kids get Santa presents and Christmas gifts from us. In addition, they also get bags and bags and bags of toys from their bio-family. It's wa-a-y out of control gift giving which hints at either mental illness or guilt or reduced mental capacity in some form. While it wonderful that their bio-family do love the kids (as many poor foster kids are totally abandoned by their parents), it makes birthday's and Christmas very hard each year b/c I can never give the kids anything that makes them go "Wow!!!" as they've already be inundated with so much stuff. As a result, they don't care about their stuff, have no respect for it, and just wait to be inundated with more.
I have no way of storing so much stuff and try to do culls but there's so much that it's hard to stay on top of and I think I need a decluttering intervention......

#15 MinkyMonkey

Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:36 PM

Yes! I am quite ashamed at the amount of toys we have for one child. I try to cull regularly but never get far as most of them are gifts and I feel guilty charity binning things other people have bought.

#16 janie1105

Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:36 PM

My kids have HEAPS of toys.

But we love it that way original.gif

#17 Babby and Roo

Posted 25 December 2012 - 07:13 PM

My children have way too much stuff. I have not culled anything before but I think it will be necessary this year. I have a 2.5 year old and a 6 month old. My in-laws just went so over board, as did my parents and my grandmother. We only got them a couple of things from us/santa... They all generally buy big toys too, only got a couple of practical things like bibs and socks and that's only cos I asked specifically. We only live in a 2 BR apartment and the space is running out. Also I hate that my 2 yr old gets so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff she doesn't appreciate anything, and ended up having a tantrum after opening all her presents as it was all too much.

I don't know how to make them stop, every time I try to suggest cutting it down they dismiss me.

Anyone know where is good to donate toys to?

#18 kpingitquiet

Posted 25 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

At this very moment, post-gifting from 2 parents, 8 grands, 3 greats, and various aunts/uncles/cousins, I DO!


But we're spending tomorrow culling a ton from her toy shelves and replacing with the new gifties. Also keeping about half of her gifts tucked away for a rainy day (and for when she grows into some of them a bit more).

#19 elliebear

Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:07 PM

I dont think my girls have too many toys but they do have too much "stuff" eg clothes, craft materials,stationery, accessories. They dont look after what they do have and that frsutrates me. i have picked up and packed away stuff left lying around and they often dont even notice it has gone

#20 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:35 AM

Nope. They have plenty, but too many? No.

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