Pre-Christmas Toy Purge


It’s that time of year.  The trees are bare.  Snow will be covering the ground before we know it.  And Christmas.  Yes, I said Christmas, will be here.  It’s the time of year for toys. 

Toys, toys and more toys.

Let’s get your home in order before the flood gates of Santa’s bag opens.  Before birthdays and holidays, it’s a good idea to purge the items your children have out-grown, broken or don’t play with anymore.



I find it easier to do this when my daughter isn’t around.  During nap, bedtime, school or send your kids to hang with Dad or Grandma.

Does the task feel overwhelming?  Let’s break it into Five Days:

Day 1: Stuffed Animals

Day 2: Games

Day 3: Books

Day 4: Dress Up & Dolls

Day 5: Toys

At the end of each day, bag or box your items and load donated items into your vehicle.  By the end of the fifth day, you’ll be ready to drop things off.  Any trash should be purged immediately.

Ask Yourself These Simple Questions When Purging Your Child(ren)’s Toys

  1. Has my child(ren) used this in the last year?
  2. If I were shopping right now, would I buy it?
  3. Is there a realistic plan to use it?
  4. Does it fit in our living space?
  5. Is it age appropriate for my child(ren)?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, it’s time to donate that toy.

More questions to consider…

  1. Is the only reason why I’m keeping this because I spent a lot of money on it?
  2. Am I holding onto it for sentimental value?
  3. Do we have a similar item that has the same purpose?
  4. Is it broken?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, ‘let it go’.

You’ve purged all the toys and things, now what?

Check out these simple and easy ideas.  Great for any bedroom or playroom.

Photo Sources:

Barbie Organizer

Plastic Crates

Clear Drawers

Upcycled Drawer

Space Saver Book Storage

Stuffed Animals

Wooden Crates




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