Holidays and birthdays, or just because moments our children are constantly receiving new things to play with to help entertain them or grow their minds. With that said, materialistic items such as toys can gather up fast and clutter up the home if they aren’t weeded through once in awhile. There are countless benefits to cleaning out the toy clutter and four of those benefits we are about to discuss here.
#1. Allows New Room for New Things
If the toy clutter is never thinned out there will never be enough room for new things to play with and this situation can cause boredom. Children as they grow tend to get bored of old toys. You can tell which toys they don’t play with because they tend to just sit on the shelf and collect dust and create clutter.
Sometimes boredom stems from having too many toys to play with that it actually overwhelms a child to the point they don't play with their toys at all. When this occurs it is time to donate those old toys to thrift stores or families who will use them, or if the toys are broken just toss them out.
After, the toys played with most you can organize and they will be right there looking fun and exciting to use again because they aren’t surrounded by the old clutter and are easier to access.
#2. Keeps Kids Learning and Growing their Minds
Children that constantly have the same toys to play with day in and day out don't have the ability to grow their minds. To grow their minds you have to keep them learning by getting rid of the old toys and adding age appropriate toys into their play area. This keeps playtime exciting, fun and away for children to learn new ways to express themselves and grow.
For example, babies love toys that light up, twirl, make rattling sounds and toddlers love hands on toys that can help them discover and learn how to use their motor skills such as blocks, Legos and puzzles. Once the age of 3 years hits they are into playing imaginary games with children's kitchen sets, play tents, and dress up items. Some are even into arts and crafts and reading stories with their parents like our little girls are at the moment.
I recently went through their play stuff and got rid of old baby books and toys and added new storybooks,, dress up stuff and other items for them to use to help keep them busy and constantly learning such as an easel and craft table for painting and coloring, and a basket of blocks with letters and numbers on them so they can build and learn their alphabet, words, and numbers. When you add new toys into playtime make sure you pick items your child is interested in playing with because you want to keep playtime exciting for them.
#3. Helps Teach Organization and Sharing
Weeding out the old toys with your children is a beneficial tool for teaching them organization and sharing with others who might be less fortunate then they are in life. It also teaches them if their play stuff is organized it is easier to find what they desire to play with when they desire to play with it. This cuts down on chaos, which usually occurs when there's so many toys that a child cannot find a particular toy they love playing with, and less chaos keeps playtime fun and children and parents happy and stress free.
After all, playtime is fun time. Not melt down and throw a tantrum time. Although I will say, sometimes the tantrums do occur even when their is organization because one child wants what the other child is playing with, but that’s okay because playtime also helps teach littles ones about sharing and respect.
#4. Makes Clean Up Time Simpler
Another important reason for cleaning out the old toy clutter is because it keeps clean up time after playing simpler. If all toys have a home after playtime, children and parents can simply put the toys right back where they were in no time. With too many toys and no space, pick up time takes too long and becomes frustrating because their is no home for each and every toy the child has.
Children have short attention spans so minimizing their toys helps not only make clean up time easier, but provides the proper amount of time to teach a child how to pick up after themselves without the thought of, “This takes too long and I don’t want to do it anymore.” It’s also helpful to teach them to play with one toy at a time and to pick up after each toy they play with so pick up time becomes quick.
What are some end thoughts to keep in mind?
Again, there are many beneficial reasons to cleaning out the old toy clutter for kiddos. The ones we just discussed should help provide enough reason to get started. Not only will you be happy with removing the old clutter from the home, but your children will be too. Organized toys with a home tend to make children more excited to take them off the shelf to play with for long periods of time, which allows us parents to take a little time in the day to do what we need to do for ourselves to keep the entire family happy and chaos free.