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How To Declutter Toys: Start With Easiest First

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Today's mission is to declutter toys, and you should start with the easiest first. That is the broken toys, and also those that the kids have outgrown.

Organize Toys & Games Challenge
This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Toys & Games Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Of course, as always, you can do this mission whenever you really need to.

I understand that getting rid of toy clutter is not going to be something that takes only 15 minutes, total, if you've got any really great amount of it accumulated.

That's why this is a really more of a 15 minutes at a time task, and if you look at the full declutter calendar for this week, as we focus on toys and games, I've got the task separated out onto several days as well, focused on different categories on different days, such as toys with small parts, and toy sets, those in toy bins and boxes, and specific types of toys, such as stuffed animals, games and puzzles, video games and electronic toys, collections and collectibles, etc., and all culminating in decluttering your kids' playroom.

How to declutter toys from your home, starting with the easiest categories first, which are the broken and outgrown ones {part of the #Declutter365 missions on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
However, I understand that for many people, and their kids, starting the process of toy decluttering can seem overwhelming, like you don't know where to start.

This is especially true because I recommend that if your kids are old enough, they need to be involved
in the decluttering process.

No one wants to have their stuff decluttered for them, and we should give them the same courtesy we do to others we love.

But in addition, learning the process of decluttering, of being able to identify what we can get rid of and what we should keep, will be helpful as a lifelong habit and skill, so best to learn now!

But that still doesn't always help when you need to get started, and feel like it's hard to decide.

My philosophy is not to overthink too much, but instead that starting, itself, can help you a lot with the whole process.

So as I mentioned at the beginning of this mission, today's task is relatively simple. Today, focus only on decluttering broken toys, outgrown toys and baby toys.

These categories are what I call the low hanging fruit -- the toys everyone knows they should get rid of.

This includes anything your kids no longer play with, or stuff that doesn't have all its parts, or toys where all your kids have passed that developmental level should easily get out of your home.

This will hopefully give you some momentum when you need to start tackling some of the tougher choices later as we continue to focus on kids' toys and games.

To get you motivated I want you to check out some of the photos below, shown by other readers who've already done this mission, to get you inspired!

Top photo courtesy of Clyde Robinson and bottom photo courtesy of davidd

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Photos From Readers Who've Done This Mission

Tips for decluttering kids toys in their bedrooms, including which toys to start with first {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Here's photos sent in by readers who've already done this mission, to show you what they've accomplished, and get you inspired about what you too can accomplish when you tackle this task.

The photos above were sent in by a reader, Ashley, who said, "It was time to purge my now teenage son's room from all the toys. I spent about 8 hours yesterday purging everything from the dresser, to the closet, to the toy box. It is such an amazing feeling!!!"

It looks great, doesn't it?

Before and after when decluttered playroom of old toys {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Here's another collage from a reader, Nikki, who worked on her kids' playroom. She explained, "I brought out all of the kid's toys into the living room. We kept only what could fit into their storage bins and shelf. The kids did great with donating old toys and organizing their favorite toys."

How to declutter toys, including which toys to start with first {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Once you're done getting rid of toys, you'll have a lot of bags or boxes to take out of your home. Just like the two photos above, sent in by readers. The first of these was sent in by Julie, and the second by Salasa.

Remember, that until you actually remove the bags and boxes from your home, by either donating, selling, or trashing items, you haven't finished the decluttering process!

When you don't know where to start with toy clutter, make sure to first get rid of toys that your kids have outgrown {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Here's more photos of bags of toy clutter that a reader, Jennie, got out of her home. She explained that she knew it was more than time to get rid of these items from her home because they were the grandkids toys, and they were all grown up now.

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Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Toy Clutter?

Getting rid of toy clutter, as part of the #Declutter365 missions on Home Storage Solutions 101

Finally, here's one last photo sent in by a reader, Amy, who culled the toys of her three young kids as part of these missions.

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Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.

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If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!

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In addition, here are tips for how to get rid of baby clutter throughout your home.

How to get rid of baby clutter

Further, here's a round up of all the kids decluttering missions, to get your kids clutter out of your home.

Tips for getting rid of kids clutter

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Curse you Toy Story!
by: Carolyn

This is made exponentially by Toy story and all of its sequels! I keep telling myself, it's just a movie, it's not real but when it's something my kids really loved and it looks at me with sad soulful eyes....

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