Toy Rotation & Donation

{End of the Year Clean Sweep} *Get organized BEFORE the holidays

The holidays are coming and it is time to address TOYS. Today I am over at Let’s Lasso the Moon sharing …

5 Tips for getting your child to WILLINGLY participate in donating toys. Click here to read the post.

Teaching children the power of donation and empathy are important, but sometimes you just need to get kid of stuff WITHOUT involving the kids.

Have you ever tried toy rotation? Basically, instead of allowing your child to have ALL their toys out ALL of the time, you rotate sets of toys that are available for play. Toy rotation has two main benefits:

  1. Your child will enjoy their toys more. When it has been awhile since they’ve seen it, a toy suddenly feels like new again.
  2. It offers the opportunity to easily remove unused toys. When a toy no longer elicits joy when rediscovered, or doesn’t get much use during a rotation, it is easy to weed out which items to donate.

The best approach is to keep an ongoing box for donations in your home. As you rotate toys keep an eye out for items your child is no longer playing with; then throw that item into the donation box.

Do you have a fear of donating something and suddenly your child will desperately NEED that toy? Yeah, me too.

Don’t worry about it. Create a buffer as a type of insurance policy. When your donation box is full, duck tape it shut, write the date on the top, and store it somewhere out of the way. If the box remains untouched for over two-months, bring it to the donation center. Do NOT open it. Just drop it off and move on.

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If you are interested in toy rotation to help calm the clutter, here are a few of my favorite resources:

If you’d like to involve your family in the donation process, click here are five tips for getting your child to willing participate.

How are you prepping your home for the holidays? Let’s chat in the comments.


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Zina from Let's Lasso the MoonThese creative Organizational tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador
Zina Harrington.

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Comments

  1. I was very surprised when my then 7 year old twins decided they would get rid of all their Barbies (except one that was extra special) and send all their my little ponies to a little girl we knew who was in hospital long term. They were adamant that they were done with them, that they took up too much space and they were sick of cleaning them up. I worried that as soon as they were gone they’d change their minds… but they didn’t, and 3 years later I think having faith in their decision has meant that they are much more able to let things go now, and perhaps it was me who had the problem with it! LOL

    Great post and thanks for linking to your post on toy rotation :)

  2. I did this for a long time during the messy toddler time. Numbered small laundry baskets so I’d know which to pull out next. Thank you for the reminder!

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  2. [...] Zina during this series to learn: how to tame the toys in your primary living space, use toy rotation, and how to work with your kids on donating toys they’ve outgrown before the holiday [...]