Project: Simplify: Toy Decluttering Progress

(I was enjoying a late-night carrot snack as I was sitting down to write this post. At just the *right* time I sneezed and little carrot pieces went everywhere. No worries. I switched to chocolate so we’re good to go… :-))

I’m continuing to follow along with Simple Mom’s Project: Simplify and I have some progress to show you after dealing with lots of toys around here. The project was off to a pretty good start earlier in the week, fizzled in the middle, and picked back up to a running pace on Saturday.

Here’s a before picture from the living room:

I ended up bringing most of the toys from all around the house to the living room so that we could really see what we had. While I was searching for toys I found a sad discovery. These bags:

One bag was a bag from when I decluttered toys over a year ago. Yup. Still there. And the other 2 bags were from a “stage” I went through where I told my kids that if they didn’t pick up their toys, I would pack them up in trash bags and they couldn’t play with them for a long time. Something like that, anyway. It wasn’t a good solution, in case you are wondering. They were too young and I hadn’t taught them how to clean up their toys very well.

So I decided to dump 2 of the bags in the living room along with all the other toys that were gathering there to sort:

So we sorted and played and sorted some more so that like things were together.

We did some decluttering as we went, but we also looked at all the toys that we had and talked about giving away the ones they didn’t play with very much. I thought the kids did pretty well with that.

Here’s the give stuff:

And here’s the living room after we put most of the rest of the toys in the basement/family room/playroom:

Here’s a before from the basement:

The after pictures from the basement are a little strange because we just got a new TV and cabinet(both used), but we haven’t sold or donated the old one yet.  So here ya go:

The toy organizer is in the kitchen for right now:

Here are some toys on basement shelves. I’m thinking I’ll rotate toys through here maybe a couple times a month:

Just so you know, we are not finished with this! But we did make great progress! Some things that still need to be decluttered: dress up chest, kids books, arts & crafts stuff, DVD’s/videos, and misc. toys from under furniture and in random nooks and crannies.

Below is the other side of the playroom. I think it looks worse than it is because all those DVD’s and videos were taken out of their storage under the TV and other things were moved around to have room to bring in the new TV/cabinet, so as soon as we get rid of the old TV/cabinet, we can finish this room:

I’ll leave you with this organized picture:

If you want to see more kids’ toys (and clothes) before and after pictures, head over to Simple Mom’s link up!

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18 Responses to Project: Simplify: Toy Decluttering Progress

  1. Another amazing job again! What a dramatic difference! I admire you most is how you were able to get your kids to help. I am planning to do this too when my boys’ spring break is here but I am sort of afraid of it too…

  2. Sarah Godwin

    Yay for you! Decluttering toys is hard. My kids, especially D, never want to part w/ anything. I haven’t been able to get rid of much except what the dog chewed and some books when no one was looking. I have sorted and organized a lot, but A is a dumper, so the toy organizer is tough to keep in shape. Anyway, it looks like you have done a lot. Congratulations on the hard work!

  3. Great Before and Afters! I love these challenges from Simple Mom and I am going over there next to see what it is for this week! You asked a question about my chalkboard tags–I didn’t do anything about making the chalk permanent, in case we change what’s in the bins. But if you decide to make some you could use a chalk marker which I believe does not rub off. Happy organizing!

  4. And it looks like you vacuumed your living room floor too! :)

  5. Wow! You did a LOT of work. Good job. That picture with all the toys gathered in the living room kills me. :)

  6. WilliamB

    These pix remind me of another 2 reasons to declutter.

    1. If you can’t find it, you can’t use it.

    2. Kids can be overwhelmed with toys; fewer toys (to a point) means more involved, more imaginative play.

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  9. lisa

    you are so brave! I am terrified of people finding out how overrun with toys and clutter our home can get, but the final straw was mom breaking a toe on a baseball. we have donated 4 large bags of toys so far. my son wants to raise butterflies, so every time he gets clingy with old toys, I ask him if he wants the butterfly pavilion or the old toys more. and then it’s left to mom to be clingy. so much more to get rid of, but the difference is already such a huge difference in terms of lifestyle an fearlessness about trying to make my way to light switches in the dark, lol.

  10. Great post! Where did you get those cute play rugs? I think our kids would like those. :)

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