Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Too Many Toys... Three Things to Do

Once you have children, you'll find that the toys quickly add up. Holiday after holiday and birthday after birthday - more toys come into the house than leave. You'll soon see them winding up all over the floor of your child's room, your living room, outside.. it can become a cluttered mess.

Getting them under control is easiest in three ways. First, you can get a toy box or two and toss in all loss toys. Although this helps control the clutter, you still have to track down toys that are taken out each day. Ever step on a toy in the middle of the night in the dark? Ouch!!!

We also suggest going through your child's toys and throwing away the broken toys so kids and their friends don't get hurt. It's a mindset because we don't want to throw away something that cost us money or that was a gift. However disposing of broken toys or toys that are missing parts will get rid of potential safety hazards as well as make room for new toys that your child will be receiving and keep the mess down to a minimum. 

The third method is to donate old toys to your local church, women's shelter or good will outlet. There are lots of needy families that don't have money but still want to provide gifts to their little ones.

Also, your child will never learn to keep his room picked up if you don't give him a little help. Start early teaching your children to put one toy up before they get out another toy. You can also add bookshelves in their room to help them keep the clutter to a minimum. The toy box and bookshelfs not only help keep rooms tidy, they look great. Believe it or not, kids like order (well at least some do!).

Kids respond to visual reminders best of all and childrens furniture not only reminds your child to keep his room neat but to have pride in his or her surrounding.

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