Earlier this week, our home was featured on Design Mom as part of her Living With Kids series. I enjoyed answering the questions that Gabrielle came up with- they were very thought provoking, and helped me think about how we choose to live. One interesting thing that came up in the comment section was a reaction to my way of dealing with the cheap plastic toys that seem to flood your way once you have kids. I keep a box in the garage, and I fill it with any toys that we don’t need, or that I just don’t like- it turns out that these are mainly the noisy, blinking, plastic ones. When the box is full, I take it to the Salvation Army.
I see this as a win-win situation. The toys will find a new home where they will be appreciated, and we have to deal with less unwanted clutter. Our playroom is pretty simple, with a careful selection of toys that encourage imagination and activity (blocks, wooden train tracks, balls and paddles). It’s not that we lack gratitude for toys we are gifted- we always say thank you and write a handwritten note- but we choose to live a certain way- and if that includes de-cluttering and donating unwanted toys- well, that is our choice.
I know I won’t be able to keep a lid on this forever- once the boys have their own wants and opinions it might be a bit more of a battle to keep a streamlined house. But for now, we all seem happier when we have more space, and less stuff. What’s your take on the plastic toy/ stuff debate?