How to LIMIT the number of Toys?

Read on to get some handy tips that you can easily follow and learn how to limit toys for your child ? Too many toys can be bad for you child’s growth, so we can keep a minimalist approach to toys. Most of the times we moms are not sure where to start. So here are some rules for decluttering toys.

In our last article Can too many toys be bad for my child?, we established that fewer toys may actually be good for your child. But we as moms do’t know how to limit the number of toys that our child has.

So in this article I bring to you the actual solutions for limiting the number of toys or lets says easier solutions to manage the toy clutter.

How to limit toys Limiting the Toy Clutter

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Easy Rules on How to Limit Toys

Simple – BUY LESS

Whenever you are tempted to purchase a toy, ask yourself – ” Does my child need it or it’s a want I wish to satisfy?”

Follow a ” One in – One out” policy

For every toy purchased, one has to move one toy out of the house. DONATE – GIVEAWAY – RECYCLE

Involve your child in purging toys

Show them the humble and kind side of parting away with toys they have grown out of love. Discuss how it can bring happiness and joy to an under-privileged child.

Model purging behaviour

Parents are the best role models. If you hoard things yourself, your child will do so too. If you have difficulty letting go, so will your child. Declutter and purge your clothes, kitchen items, cosmetics and involve your child. If you do it, they will be encouraged to do so too.

Maintain a “Maybe” box

If your child is unsure of letting go of a toy, put it in the “Maybe” box. If it stays there untouched for two weeks, it needs to go out. This will help you and your child decide what toys to keep.


Put a certain number of playthings away in a seldom-used closet or the garage. When your kids get bored, bring those toys out and put others away in their place.This approach has the added benefit of giving the toys more meaning.

Send some to Grandma’s

The kids will be thrilled when they visit their grandma and grandpa and revisit some of their toys there.

It’s not just the amount of toys, it’s the kind. Ask yourself

“Does this toy invoke the creative facilities?”
“Does my child already have a similar toy serving the same purpose ?”

These questions will help you in deciding what toys to keep and what toys you can give away and thus limit the number of toys.

Gift one toy at a time

Involve family by addressing your relatives, and say, we are doing things differently. And request that each grandparent, uncle or aunt only buy one gift for the child.

Look for other alternatives

Instead of toys, you yourself or family members can gift your time or plan excursions with your child. So instead of buying a toy, spend the money on an experience – nature park, aquariums, zoo’s, summer camps, hobby classes etc.

The last resort – MIDNIGHT HUNT

I call this the “MIDNIGHT HUNT”. If your child is unable to make decisions or is too young, do it for them. When they are not around or sleeping, take the toys you think they won’t miss or have grown out of. This requires a lot of observation on your part. This is in a way cheating but sometimes you need to get your hands dirty.

I’m not anti-toy. I’m just pro-child. So do your child a favour today and limit their number of toys. (Just don’t tell them you got the idea from me.) Research has shown that too many toys also hampers child development.

To summarize, Let’s have a quick look on what we can do to limit the toys.

Rules for Decluttering Toys

  • Simplest thing buy less
  • Follow the policy of one in and one out
  • Stretch your arms and help kids who are in need of toys
  • Be a role model and help needy people
  • Create a May be box
  • Do toy rotation
  • Send some toys to grandma’s place
  • Before buying a toy ask yourself
  • Gift one toy at a time
  • Go for other alternatives
  • Do midnight hunt

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Neha is a certified counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Certification in Jolly Phonics training from Jolly Learning, British Council, Victoria Carlton – ICE (Australia) and CPD college (Ireland). A proficient and certified English TEFL instructor from the London Teacher Training College. She is a certified ABACUS and handwriting improvement instructor as well. She has 10 years of international experience in the field of education. With 4 years of teaching experience at University of Mumbai as an Assistant Professor at an A grade engineering institution. Neha comes from a family of teachers (all her sisters are exceptional teachers in prestigious schools) and her logical choice upon graduation was to take on Teaching. She has taught the College Freshman year in the Engineering program for a couple of years while also working on her Masters in Computer science. She got herself additionally TESOL and ECCE certified. After marriage, her husband and Neha were fortunate to get an opportunity to travel across the globe (Singapore, Malaysia, India and 2 stints in Netherlands.) Since she had to give up her job as a college Professor, she took on a second career by combing the two things that she is most passionate about – TEACHING AND CHILDREN. Neha is now currently living her passion in Netherlands and striving to lay a strong foundation in Language Arts using Jolly Phonics and helping children rediscover the joy in learning.She writes her experiences on her blog

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