How to decide when to get rid of toys and which ones to get rid of?

Brandy - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I have 2 boys that are 21 months apart. I am trying to decide on if I should keep all the toys that the oldest doesn't play with anymore or get rid of them. My husband thinks that the youngest will eventually play with them; which I can see but do I need to keep all of them. I mean after all wont this little boy get his own set of toys at his birthday and various holiday's. Any mom's out their have any input on this? Also, any suggestions on how to determine which toys to get rid of and which toys to keep?

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Vicky - posted on 03/25/2010

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wooooa, i would not even like to consider the size of house i might need if i had kept all my first sons toys for my second son!!!!!,and think its nice for them to have less if personally bought for thier own needs, i am a great believer in the more they have the less they appreciate, and anyway my eldest enjoys the youngests new acquisitions and visa versa.

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Kim - posted on 04/11/2010

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I go thru the toys with my daugher and ask her for toys she no longer wants so we can give them to children who don't have any - this seems to work.

Lisa - posted on 04/11/2010

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I've held on to ours. Mine are 13 months apart, the youngest is 8 months old. Once the toy isn't age appropriate (unless it's cool or sentimental in some way), I intend to give them away.

LESLEY - posted on 04/02/2010

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hi my son will be 4 in july and my daughter is nearly 16months i found that i wanted to keep the good toys like duplo bricks, wooden toys and lego as they were always played with by my son, and they are expensive too.i also kept all his learning elctronic toys that teach numbers, alphabet and songs, doing this has saved me loads. the rest i passed to friends or donated to charity shops it feels good too having a clear out. happy sorting.

Sharon - posted on 04/02/2010

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I always get rid of toys when the youngest if to old to play with them, but i do have to sort out toys when they are not looking other wise they start playing with them and then cant get rid of them !!!

Kim - posted on 03/31/2010

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my children are now 29,30,31 and 32 and i have 8 beautiful grandchildren.i wouldnt get rid of toys just because ur 1st child didnt play with them.your 2nd and following children may at even a very young age have different interests eg touch,feel.i found this with my own and my grandchildren.even as my children got older i found it very hard to part with the more traditional toys eg couple of dolls,lego,cars etc.now im glad i didnt,my grandchildren love them.not only have i saved a few pound esp with the lego but i find the quality is often much better than toys they turn out now but the bit i like best is telling my grandchildren that your mummy/daddy played with those same toys when they were little like you and theres 3 generations of smiles

Sarah - posted on 03/31/2010

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Each of your children are individual, just because your eldest enjoyed playing with something doesn't mean your youngest will too. Keep the safe and good condition toys. Variety is the key for children to explore and develop. My boys are 10 1/2 months apart and some toys they argue over because they both enjoy playing with but each have their own particular toys they enjoy. Besides if you keep them its a good excuse to get different and new. My little one had my eldest sons toys and much much more to choose from.

Jamie - posted on 03/30/2010

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If you can afford it, buy new. They're always coming out with new and cooler stuff. although some of the oldies are goodies. This is a tough one, guess i should have thought it out a little more before i replied, huh?

Jennifer - posted on 03/30/2010

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My son is almost 17 months old. So far we only have one child. Most of his toys were passed down from my sister's kids so he has more toys then he really needs. I'm in the same boat at the moment. There are just too many toys. What do I keep? We plan on having other children so its even harder to decide. Some of the toys he shows no interest in I am going to get rid of. Other toys that he is growing out of I will put in Plastic totes in the basment for the next child. You could also just put some toys away for a few weeks then rotate them with his current toys. He'll think they are new again since he hasn't seen them in awhile.

Wendy - posted on 03/30/2010

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I always asked the older child which of her old toys that she didnt play with anymore did she want to GIVE the younger..That seemed to work, the rest were donated After I had put them in bags for a while to ensure that the child had no need for them anymore.
Do what works for you.. have fun !!!

Julie - posted on 03/27/2010

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I would save a few special toys that maybe I had purchased myself or were a special gift from a relative. Otherwise once the older child didn't want it anymore I would donate them. Like you said the 2nd child gets new ones from birthdays, Christmas etc. and if you don't give away some you will become over run really fast and it will stress you out tripping over toys because you don't have enough room to house them all. Besides think of all the people who can't afford to buy brand new toys and donating your gently used toys helps them.

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If I may suggest, explain to the boys that there are little kids out there just like them but who have little or no toys to play with..then ask them if they would like to donate any of their old toys that they don't play with anymore so that the kids with no toys can have some..then let them choose which toys they want to donate, bring the kids with you to the donation spot, and have them be part of a giving effect..it helps if you have a few of your own things to donate as well..but don't force them to do it. Who knows, maybe we can raise a new generation of caring giving human beings!

Kim - posted on 03/26/2010

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my kids have two toy boxes. one for current toys which they play with daily. the other is locked. the locked box has toys that I'm thinking of throwing out or that they need to "grow into" after a month in the locked box I check whether the child has asked for that "missing toy" if they haven't wanted it within the month they wont miss it when you send off to charity bin. The others can be switched over at the end of the month and they'll think that they have all NEW toys.

Zenobia - posted on 03/26/2010

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Keep the toys for the second one if he will play with them. Every year i me and my daughter get rid of toys. I tell her we are giving them to kids that will play with them. She has been really good she will keep some and donate the others that she knows that she is not playing with.

Marianne - posted on 03/25/2010

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building toys or construction toys, wooden blocks, sturdy puzzles and non-electronic toys are worth keeping and saving for the sibling. get rid of toys which have broken parts, or missing parts.

Alison - posted on 03/25/2010

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The second child generally gets way more gifts than the first (that is my experience). Keep your favorites and pack them away until you need them. Rule of thumb: most kids have more toys than they need.

Donna - posted on 03/25/2010

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Keep the ones that were played with a lot and dont take up a lot of room. You can take the others to a second hand kids store to sell and make a bit of money. If you dont need the money donate any good clean toys to the childrens floor of a local hospital.

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2010

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I take half the toys and put in a box in the closet then med years switch them out. It keeps the interest up. If the toys are in good condition your youngest would probably like to play with them, and also keep in mind that he will get new toys as gifts on holidays.

Jada - posted on 03/25/2010

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ive always had my girls, as they grew, thin out their own toys. books are communal, but age dependent, so even those are donated when the youngest can read thru them solo. puzzles and such, i agree, are best to keep for the learning skills provided. we thin out toys no longer played with and decide which to give to kids who have no toys (salvation army or goodwill) this includes stuffed animals (washed), multi-piece toys, broken or those missing any pieces are just thrown away. i also find that an all-purpose toy box helps minimize the number of toys they can have. our rule is:if it doesnt fit, find out what youre going to give away. then i give them one week. my youngest is 5, oldest 12, and this has worked for over 10 years, and i expect it will until i no longer have "toys" cluttering up our home. there is no perfect solution, but your best will be what works. good luck to you.

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my kids are 14months apart and i kept the toys but as they get older i get fid of the ones that aren't age appropriate.. I hate holding onto thing it means i just have to find room for them.. usually round christmas is when i do the clean out cause i know more is on the way. Yes the youngest will get thier own set of toys yes sometimes there are double ups but even with the age difference of my two ther were different things that weren't around with the first

Jennifer - posted on 03/24/2010

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I would only keep the toys that you really would like the younger child to play with. Like you said he'll be getting his own toys but some may be too cool to get rid of. I only have one child but I've only kept the sentimental/ really cool toys for the future. I can always change my mind later and toss them but not yet. Hope this helps.

Devon - posted on 03/24/2010

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Every Christmas since my little girl was little I "thin" her toys out. Getting rid of toys she isn't interested in, broken, old etc. We donate them to the local womens shelter if they are still nice so their children can have Christmas. Now that she is older I include her-she loves it, and is learning about taking care of others.

Iridescent - posted on 03/24/2010

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We saved the ones that were the most "fun" and the least annoying, and got rid of the really annoying ones and the ones that never really got played with at any point.

Gwen - posted on 03/24/2010

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Save the best/favorite toys and get rid of the rest. If you have books, puzzles, or blocks definitely keep those.

Joanna - posted on 03/24/2010

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I have a 2 1/2 year old girl and a baby on the way... I've always just gotten rid of the toys she had no interest in, because I Figured the next baby might not either. I just kept her favorite toys and put them away in storage bins for the next one.

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