Whether your son and daughter are graduating from elementary school, high school, or college, it’s never too soon, or too late, to sort through their old toys. Perhaps your daughter is working on her PhD while your son is learning how to drive, or maybe they’re just losing their last baby teeth, regardless this means you probably don’t need an entire room dedicated to their Barbie and G.I. Joe collections. Instead of throwing them away or keeping them piled high in your home, sort through them, and find them a new home. Here are three tips for cleaning out the toy closet.
Encourage your children to sit down with you and create a “yes” pile for toys good for donating and “no” for toys they’re not ready to part with just yet. If you’re having trouble making your children budge on their “yes” piles, let them know how much joy their old toys could bring another child in need. Local toy drives and second-hand shops are a great place to start for donations. Meanwhile, various organizations, such as Stuffed Animals for Emergencies, give used toys to children in hospitals and homeless shelters.
Maybe your son has a scruffy ol’ teddy bear, which has been through thick and thin with him or perhaps your daughter has a china doll she still cherishes to this day. Some toys have sentimental value and may be worth keeping around. Meanwhile, your daughter’s favorite doll just may make the perfect gift for your future granddaughter down the road. Let your grown kids choose a few favorites, and place them on display in your home or safely store them in storage for a later date.
Repurpose your children’s toys into something quirky and creative for your home. Action figures and dinosaur figurines make fun additions to your flower pots while plastic animal heads make silly drawer handles and hooks. Or why not stich a quilt out of your kids’ favorite clothing and blankets? Just because your kids have grown up doesn’t mean they’ve out grown their appreciation for their old pastimes.