Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spring Cleaning

Posted by Mandy at 11:28 AM
It is soon to be summer, rather than spring, so I am a bit late out of the starting gate for Spring cleaning, but it's on my mind none-the-less.

Looking at the bedrooms in our home has been making me cringe. Even though they're fairly clean, picked-up, and organized, the amount of STUFF in each of them is getting a little over the top! Knowing that three birthdays in two months over the next few weeks is going to mean an accumulation of an abnormal amount of toys - it simply stresses me! (Carter's 5th birthday was May 1, a different post, a different day!)

So, what shall I do about this? A massive overhaul of each room is, unfortunately, necessary. My main problems:

1. What to do with old but good toys?
2. To keep or give away outgrown toddler clothes? (Clayton says no more kids but you never know!)
3. WHAT TO DO WITH ALL OF THE OLD BUT GOOD TOYS?!!

Most places do not want toys anymore... and I just cannot imagine throwing them away. What is a mom to do? I don't know a single soul that would welcome MORE toys into their already crowded toy bins. Any suggestions? What do you do when you're cleaning out your kids rooms and need to get rid of great toys that are just too young for them now? I'm contemplating just putting a table outside of my house, by the road, full of toys with a sign that reads "FREE TOYS!" I wonder if anyone would stop to grab a few things. I live out in the country so it isn't like our road is hopping with traffic... give me some ideas! I need an intervention!

4 comments:

deepfriedpicklesandicecream on Wednesday, 13 May, 2009 said...

The free toys idea sounds good,I was thinking a rummage sale at first,that is one of the biggest sellers at a rummage sale.People bring their kids and their kids want toys.I always make mine REALLY cheap that way they go faster,like a 25,10 or 5 cents.Another best seller at rummage sales are happy meal toys.LOL.
I had this problem awhile back too...with stuffed animals.Should I say,I still have this problem/

Me on Wednesday, 13 May, 2009 said...

CASA, the place for battered women/children might want them. Not sure which towns have them, but worth looking into if you're looking to donate. My mom may have a contact for the PB one, if you want it. I remember taking ill-fitting, but good clothes and stuff like melons from my Dad's garden there and they needed it.

Allison on Wednesday, 13 May, 2009 said...

Garage sales
Craigslist
Ebay/Amazon
Consignment stores/or one of those big consignment events.

Toddler clothes probably depends on what you have/how old they are.

Can you tell this is right up my alley? :)

Ann on Friday, 15 May, 2009 said...

One thought...call churches and ask if they need anything for their nurseries. Many don't want a lot, but some of them really need to throw away a lot of the old stuff that they have that's broken. Newer used stuff coming in gives them the motivation to clear the old out.

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