Prep is importantThe best thing we did when getting my son to detach from his toys was to prep him ahead of time. If I had sprung it on him as we were opening gifts, it would not have gone well. With most things, prepping is important. If kids know what's coming and what the boundaries are, they do fine for the most part.
Sorting and purging the oldAfter prepping and opening the gifts, it was time to for the great purge. When going through and purging, it needs to be a team effort. Don't just leave your kid to purge on his own and box up what's left out. That is sure to cause some tears when some toys were never intended to go away.
I went through each of our toy chest toys and bins and let him decide if they would go or stay. If kids feel like they have some control over the process, that also helps them to detach. He actually kept more than I thought he would, but lucky for him, there was room for enough for the new toys that he could keep what he wanted. If we had run out of room, I would have gone through another purge until everything fit.
For the most part, he decided to put away toys that he had outgrown, many of which I had expected. Some of his choices surprised me, but I let him decide and it was good for both of us. Here's what we were able to purge.
Fitting in the newOnce the purge was done, it was easy for us to make room for the new. We managed to completely empty one bin and replace it with a new toy. It wasn't just toys that needed to be cycled through, but his clothes needed a once over too.
Clothes are harder for me because my son is on the petite side so he fits anything from 24 months to 4T depending on the brand. His pants and shirts are all now 4T, but there are some shorts that are 24 months that he can still fit into. My son's closet got a big organization thanks to his birthday. Stay tuned for that update.
Here's a before and after of the toy chest.
Do you do a purge after a kid's birthday? How does it go for you? Share in the comments.
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