The other day I went upstairs to my daughter's room and opened up the closet. Cue horror music in the background. You couldn’t see inside the closet, that’s how much junk stuff they’ve accumulated since I went through, sorted, and purged their rooms before summer break began back in June. It’s time for some Fall closet purging!

Living with packrat kids isn’t easy either; they keep EVERYTHING. Oh, we’ve had this ratty doll for ages! They keep it but yet it is in the closet with messy hair, naked (because they lost her outfit) and along with all the other unwanted things. I’d love to have a playroom/wreck room the kids can keep all their toys in but our house is too small and they’re at the age where there are less toy playing and more of other activities (other than the 5-year-old, you can’t pry her fav toys from her if you tried). It’s like a used toy wasteland in the closets though. The final place toys go before they leave forever!

Keep age in mind when sorting

Kids outgrow everything including toys. Some may be keepers for remembering the old days of babies but some are just nothing but clutter inducing because it’s considered a “baby” or “little kid” toy and your older kids want nothing more to do with them.

Keep only what they love.

Some kids do have a sentimental attachment to certain teddy bears or dolls, I know mine do. We have a certain bin for those special toys that they still want to keep but don’t necessarily play with/sleep with them anymore.

Donate what’s still good.

Before you donate teddy bears and dolls make sure to ask the place you are donating. Some places like hospitals and police stations have their own teddy programs due to hazards used toys can cause if parts like eyes or noses are loose or missing. There could be community used toy drives in your area or you could always drop them off at a Salvation Army or Value Village thrift shop. One kid's garbage is another kids treasure, they say.

Sell what’s “like new”

Chances are we have a toy or two that the kids only played with a handful of times, all the parts are intact and it works great! Used websites like Kijiji can help you get rid of it quickly.

Use bins (or boxes) for what you’re keeping. Bins can help organize the toys your kids still use and want to keep. You can find some decent bins at dollar stores or Walmart. Boxes are good for long-term storage. Just don’t store it in a basement or humid place, whatever’s inside could get mouldy and will have to be tossed out, what a waste.

Not only does purging the toys from the kid's rooms and closets make more space but also gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Enjoy it while it lasts, only a few more months until Christmas rolls around and more stuff will eventually take its place. ;-)

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