As we approach 2 years old, Mazen’s toys are getting out of control. I have had the mentality of “the more the better” in his toy baskets thinking that variety would keep him interested, but of course the opposite seems to be true. There is so much clutter that he just ignores most things.
We have multiple toy (and book) stations throughout the house:
-Living room toys (his main set)
-Bedroom books (overflowing in a box and a bin)
-Bedroom small toys (in another bin)
-Outdoor toys on porch
-Big toys downstairs under stairs
-Small downstairs toy basket
-Chest full of misc toys, puzzles, legos, etc.
-Train table toys
Of all of these, he probably only plays with about 10% of them on a regular basis.
So I took over on a big toy sorting project and weeded out the ones he never really liked that much. His reading nook is now a reading nook again!
I put all baby toys (rattles, plush animals, etc) in a bag in our attic for a future baby and donated a few randoms that were hand-me-downs that he never found that interesting. He’s also not really into stuffed animals, so I donated a few of those too (like the freebies that come with books and things). Some of his least favorite books were put back on the big shelf to be read at a later date. Maybe he’ll like those more when he’s older.
Now his toy baskets have space to breathe and he can find his favorites faster. I’m making a point to rotate toys in and out so they keep their coolness. So far so good! Mission accomplished.
Tell me your toy tips!!