Friday, January 06, 2012

What do you do with extra toys?

Do you get toy duplicates at Christmas? Or just toys that you know your kids won't play with? We have and do. I put these toys away to regift or donate.

I'm not sure if that makes us bad or not. Last year Little Elvis got this huge super cheap transformer wannabe. He didn't even know what they were, so we just socked it away. By that November, he demanded it. He remembered getting it. We opened that thing, against our better judgement, and it broke in less than 2 minutes. Oh the fits that thing caused. And now I've got a broken fake Transformer taking up my hiding space.

This year, Little Elvis got a 5 pack of Hot Wheels. I'm not exaggerating when I say we have more than 100 little cars. While he likes cars still, he's not nearly as into them. So, I put them away. And gave him some of his old cars to take his Thank You picture with.
He was not happy, and would not dictate a thank you for me about these cars. He did not get those cars for Christmas. Just getting him to sign his name to that card was a hassle.

I still don't feel that guilty, though. He didn't need those cars, and they'll be a fine birthday present for someone else. He also got a Power Ranger. He doesn't even know what those are. It's socked away until that becomes the cool thing among his buddies. Then, I'm sure we'll open it.

Do you think that's bad? We have a whole playroom that is overrun with stuff. Seriously overrun. The boys don't know what to do with all of their toys, and only play with about 10 percent of them. I need to go through and cul, but whenever I do that, they automatically miss the removed toys. A big baby sale should be coming to the area in March, and I have big plans to get rid of some of our stuff.
Despite the fact that Baby Plum got tons of toys for Christmas, we bought him this musical Mickey at an after Christmas sale. He loved it for a few days, but now it's going up with the rest of the Christmas decor. I think he'll love rediscovering it next year. Over the past two years, our neighbors have given us musical Christmas decorations, and Baby Plum has adored getting to play with them at Christmas. The fact that it's Mickey and musical, well, there was no doubt he would love it.


Blogger lisa said...

How I do it is I go through his toys when he isn't home. Then I put them in a box and wait. If they aren't missed than out they go. It might be good idea to cycle their toys. I have containers in his bedroom that I move around so that it changes what he sees, so it's kind of like that.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Ann Wyse said...

I've tried cycling through toys, as in: put some in the basement in bins and rotate them out at a later date. Sometimes it works, and sometimes the boys find them and pull them out of the boxes before I can stop them. So, we can at least say they've figured out that routine. It's success, at this point, depends on their cooperation.

And I think it is absolutely fine to regift these things or give them away - I might be in the minority on this, but it definitely does not defend me to get something that I suspect of being a regift. We actually got some very used baby books when Noah was born, and they were the best baby books we got. I think we put too much emphasis on gifts - I'm more in the 'it's the thought that counts' category - and if you thought to give me - or my kids something - that's awesome, no matter where it came from.

5:04 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

i absolutely am all for you putting toys away/selling/donating!

we don't even have that many toys around, but we still donate old (good condition) things before we probly have to.

and if anything "princess" passes through these walls, we hide/donate that real quick-like.

5:29 PM  

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