5 Ways To Get Rid Of Old Toys
Clearing space for the kids
Kids grow fast, which means that your home is probably like a revolving door of dolls, toy trucks and picture books. If you hadn’t planned on this being a part of your home decor, you’ll love these fun ways to clear out children’s items once you no longer need them. Keep reading for creative ideas to get rid of old toys.
Give them to charity. This is a great way to teach your kids about the importance of sharing and helping others. This will work best if you let the kids help pick out some of the things that they feel they have outgrown. This may be a daunting task (there’s always the risk of a temper tantrum), but it also helps them feel like they are in control of what’s happening with their toy stash. After making a pile for “keeping” and a pile for “donating”, contact charities like Oxfam to see if they have a need for children’s toys. If not, you can take them to a bring and buy to raise cash for a similar cause.
Auction them off online. Of course, if your family budget is stretched to the limit, you could also help out the household by selling toys that are still in good condition. Since you’re a busy parent, one of the most convenient forms of selling is to start an account on a site like Gumtree or eBay. This will allow you to post everything–from dolls and toy trucks to old children’s DVDs–online so that you can sell them quickly and effortlessly.
Exchange toys with family and friends. Do you have a lot of friends and family members with children around the same age as yours? If so, there’s no need to ever go out and buy new toys. Instead, host a “toy swap” in which you get together and let the kids pick out “new” toys from a pile of items to which you have all agreed to contribute. You could even use this as a theme for a day party by serving snacks and planning family games.
Store them for a younger sibling. There’s a lot of sentimental value that comes with receiving a toy that an older sibling used to cherish. For extra special items, think of a handy way to store them (rolling bins that fit underneath the kids’ beds is a good idea) so that you can have easy access to them later.
Organize a garage sale. Lastly, here’s a way to get rid of all or most of your kids’ old toys at once. Set up shop in your garden with an array of books, toys and DVDs that passersby may be interested in. And don’t forget to publicise your sale online as well as post signs around your neighborhood.
Bask in the awesome glory of being a number 1 mom.Now that you’ve made all this amazing, enviable and hard-earned space, good on you! Why not reward yourself by popping out for a treat. Get a spa treatment, have your nails done. Or enjoy a day out shopping, buying clothing for yourself or something special for the kids. Go on, you deserve it!
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