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#26 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 12 July 2019 - 02:29 PM

View PostRomeo Void, on 07 July 2019 - 02:01 PM, said:

I've had great success when my children were younger with saying 'is there anything you might want to give away so another child can have them to play with'. When slightly older this worked...' is there anything you'd would be ok to sell and you can have the money to buy something new'. The turn around at the idea of scoring a little cash was crazy...if the floor wasn't nailed down they would have offered to sell the floorboards :rofl:

(I didn't sell it, I just gave it to charity and gave the children a random amount of money..like $32.15)

That's brilliant.

#27 seayork2002

Posted 12 July 2019 - 02:42 PM

My system is I go to work and DH takes time off to do it, I am a massive hoarder, he got rid of a heap of stuff late last year DS and I can't think of anything we have missed.

#28 Holidayromp

Posted 12 July 2019 - 03:37 PM

It’s something best done with child(ren) not around.

They love hanging on to crap and it makes a crappy job even harder.

#29 spr_maiden

Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:18 PM

When they were smaller,  I would do without them around. Now they're school aged they help me , tho sometimes I'll do mini declutter on my own.

If worth selling,  they get to keep the money. DD did well this past year- got a few hundred out of it lol. Kerbside collection time is good too.

I find doing their clothes and papers constantly makes it a smaller task.
The rule is basically choose what you love to fit in the space.
It's much easier these days now they've done it with me several times. Though do get surprised by some of the "treasures" they insist on keeping.

#30 Little Bean

Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:25 PM

How many toys/how much toy space do everyone’s kids have?
I keep attempting to clean out my kids’ toy room but they basically won’t part with anything. They’re 4 and 7, share a tiny room which just has beds, books and a few Knick-knacks. Their toy room however has two 25-cube storage shelves and we still have more toys than what can fit on there. They do seem to use a lot of it and they are both into very different things so there’s not much crossover but I still feel like this is probably excessive even without toys in their room. I also think maybe our system just isn’t that good as there are lots of things that don’t fit well in the cubes so space is wasted. But I’m sick of cleaning up their crap. I need guidance. And probably a tip skip.

#31 EmmDasher

Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:35 PM

We have two girls, 3 & 5. They have 2 x lowline trofast units in a shared play space. There is a couple of baskets of craft stuff also and in their rooms they each have a small basket of cuddlies. The eldest has a dollhouse and some LEGO in her room which is ‘precious’. The youngest has a box of random stones & crap in her room which is also ‘precious’.

#32 Pocket...

Posted 13 July 2019 - 01:02 AM

I have 4 and 7 year olds. In each of their rooms they have IKEA cubes, one for dress ups, one for their random stuff. Each has Lego in there and a couple of bits.

Play room we have one 25 cube IKEA unit. Two rows are my and DP's books and family board games.
One row is kids books.
Once row is for assorted toys, fairy door garden, teddies, not in boxes.
The final row has the drawer cubes which contain sets, train track, dolls, cars etc.
Plus they have a kitchen and a couple of large character head quarters etc.

We're also have a small amount of painting, drawing, craft, playdough stuff.

I'm trying to get rid of much of this. Not so much the sets but the random stuff.

All the stuff gets used. Often at the same time,  creating complex stories that last until I find toast crusts amongst the toys and I can't take it any more.

View PostLittle Bean, on 12 July 2019 - 10:25 PM, said:

How many toys/how much toy space do everyone’s kids have?
I keep attempting to clean out my kids’ toy room but they basically won’t part with anything. They’re 4 and 7, share a tiny room which just has beds, books and a few Knick-knacks. Their toy room however has two 25-cube storage shelves and we still have more toys than what can fit on there. They do seem to use a lot of it and they are both into very different things so there’s not much crossover but I still feel like this is probably excessive even without toys in their room. I also think maybe our system just isn’t that good as there are lots of things that don’t fit well in the cubes so space is wasted. But I’m sick of cleaning up their crap. I need guidance. And probably a tip skip.


#33 Little Bean

Posted 13 July 2019 - 10:14 AM

Thanks, based on these responses I feel like we do have too much. I did a rough inventory last night and I think I need a simpler system as I have things sorted into quite specific categories but the kids play with bits and pieces of everything that they then can’t sort back so it all just ends up on the floor. We also have lots of things that are the same type of toy, like DD has a million different small dolls and figurines, which she does play with but also certainly doesn’t need that many so I could cut down on the number of them.

#34 Jenflea

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:16 AM

I bought white plastic wicker look boxes with lids from target.

I have 6 I think.

Vehicles
Lego
Ponies
Misc
Shopkins
Dinosaurs.

She can ONLY keep what fits in those boxes.

larger stuff goes in under bed storage(dress ups, Barbies and furniture etc).

#35 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:23 AM

I had planned to declutter my house while on maternity leave with baby number 3
:rofl:  :rofl:
Gees Im forgetful..

Anyway Ill be following this thread.

We have the plastic boxes too.

Board games are our current storage issue, how to make them accessible if the kids want to get out and play for a few minutes without making a huge mess. keen to see if anyone has any solutions for that.

Edited by WannabeMasterchef, 14 July 2019 - 11:24 AM.


#36 spr_maiden

Posted 14 July 2019 - 12:15 PM

There's 3 shelves in their bedroom cupboard - 1 for board games, 1 for puzzles, 1 for boxed sets like detective sets,  or science kits, remote controlled stuff etc. Also in the cupboard is a bookshelf. Up on the top out of reach cupboard shelf are their memories boxes.

There's 2 x 2x2 cube shelves. These are not really packed full tbh. One shelf has 2 wooden crates, 1 Lego head and marble track paraphernalia bag. Other has 2 lidded containers and shelf space for sylvanian families cars and other space for whatever is there. In the room is also a small desk with craft items,  and an easel. They have space on top of the shelves to place built Lego creations and sylvanian treehouse.
That's it.
It sounds like a lot but I do notice my two have a lot less compared to other families we know. Kids stuff is sooo cute,  it's easy to buy a lot of it.

Eta: I forgot the dress ups box in the bottom of the cupboard and the bags of stuffed toys!

Edited by spr_maiden, 14 July 2019 - 12:22 PM.





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