Our daughters birthday was a few days ago. This past weekend we held a little birthday party for her where her family and God parents came over for a BBq and some treats. It was a good day and she had fun which was most important. Being the only young child in the family, she gets a lot of attention. There is nothing this little girl needs. Between her family and our friends she is constantly receiving gifts, it’s sort of insane actually. People love to bring her little toys and treats but for her birthday we outright asked people to please not bring any gifts. Truthfully this was partially selfish as my husband and I are up to our eyeballs in toys and the other part being realistic, she doesn’t need anything.
After the party where every guest in attendance ignored the request for no gifts and seemingly brought two, I am officially feeling overwhelmed with the sheer volume of stuff one child has. Though we’re unsure if we’re done having kids (thus planning on holding onto everything until said decision is made) I am officially setting plans into action about getting rid of some of her things. Not only do we not have the room for it all, no child needs this much.
There are a number of options for handling when your kids have too many toys:
If we decide to round up a bunch of her things to sell I plan to reinvest the money made back into her. People spent money on her so she should get the money redirected to her in some way. If we make money on selling things given to her I will either put the money into her education savings or save it for something she needs (like growing out of her shoes or clothes).
We have a favorite charity that accepts clothing and household goods that we occasionally donate to. I would do the same with her stuff if I didn’t think it was worth selling but that someone else may get enjoyment out of it. My sister works as a preschool teacher in an area of town with a lot of low-income families. I have also given her stuff in the past to pass along to families who may need it. Other places to donate are shelters for women and children, children’s hospitals, churches or medical centers (think waiting rooms).
There is a massive clothing and toy swap around here every year where people are able to exchange with other family’s for huge items. If you have nothing to exchange things are often for sale but the main logic is to swap.
Despite what I’d like the majority of what has made its way into my home will remain her until we’ve made the decision about future children. At which point we will likely sell or donate when we’re finished.
People love buying little kids gifts. My husband and I have made it quite clear that we would rather have money given to us to invest in her education savings than another stuffed toy or noise maker entering our house and, for the most part, our close friends and family have listened (to that we are so thankful, as will kiddo come graduation day!) but for the other non-listeners in our life, we’ll have to take it one toy at a time and manage the best we can!