I’ll have some popular posts from my archives up this week.
Today: toy clutter. The original post here had a a huge number of comments. This was from March of 2011 and while I hadn’t talked about it here we had just found out we were moving overseas. The ride-on toy and a lot of of what’s in the photos above didn’t make the cut to come over with us. Still don’t regret it now that I am 5 months pregnant with our second.
Why is it easier to get rid of my own things and so hard to get rid of my 17 month-old son’s?
I’ve purged and pared down Henry’s toys a few times now. It was easy for me to toss things I had purchased him, the BlaBla fruit and veggie rattles he never took to and a shape sorter after we received a similar gift at Christmas. But anything from a Grandma or Aunt/Uncle/Cousin that is still age appropriate has stayed.
I know there are kids out there with a lot more toys than this. And I know that most children in the world get by with a lot less than this. But I’m having trouble finding a happy medium for us. I want less but I can’t seem to reduce in this area. It concerns me that I will be no match for a verbal Henry with an affinity for toys.
Fact: almost every child’s toy in these photos was a gift.
Fact: most of the children’s books were gifts too.
While my book collection is at six I want a good amount of books around for Henry. We read a few books every day and yes, we could get more from the library, but he’s rough on books. He eats them. He tears pages out. When he’s a bit older we will try more library books. For now he can rip up the ones we already own.
Sentimental sabotage: some of his books are from his older cousins. I love this. I love reading books that his cousins chose from their own collection and gave to him. I love that the My Little School Bus flap book his cousin enjoyed is now being loved and enjoyed by Henry.
So, I need some honest opinions. Especially from those of you with older children. Do I need to cut down now? Relative to other first world kids, is this a lot of toys? Am I dooming myself by not scaling back even more now?