How do you battle the accumulation of kid clutter in your home?
How do you handle all of your kid's toys and trinkets? My children tend to be on the pack rat end of the spectrum. They love their stuff. When asked if we can get rid of something, they immediately protest. They will cite the importance of that particular piece of plastic based on its connection to their preschool teacher, for example.
So I have a dilemma. As more stuff comes into our home, other stuff must move out. Do I make the kids decide what to pass on to others or do I decide while they are not home?
A lot of these items have been long forgotten, but there is always the risk of that day when a child searches for a toy that has been moved out. Maybe it was a favorite that I didn't know about. This is the danger of being sneaky.
On the other hand, I have seen my daughter break down in tears when faced with giving up just two purses out of her collection of 15 or 20. So the danger of making the kids do it is that I may have to deal with all kinds of emotional issues and still not get rid of very much stuff.
I admit from time to time I use both methods of kid clutter elimination. I would love for my kids to learn to part with their outgrown toys generously, but they do not often seem ready to put that idea into practice. So I remove things from their rooms, stash them in the garage for several months, and eventually ship them out if no one has asked about them.
How do you deal with clearing out your child's old toys and trinkets?