Friday, December 4, 2015

Day 2241 - What to do with the kids toys

The hardest part is letting go.


Christmas is a great time for cleansing the toy cupboard to make room for the new haul that's about to arrive.

It's something I used to do with the kids many years ago.  We'd check their cupboards for the toys they'd outgrown and either sell them or give them to charity.  That would then create a space in anticipation for the gifts that Santa might bring.

My kids have usually found this task quite easy.  It's me who finds it hard to let go.



There are some toys I will never get rid of.  Like the kids Build-a-Bear bears and the little suitcases of teddy bear clothes.  That stuff ain't going anywhere.

And my daughter's baby doll.  She hasn't looked at it for ten years but I have it neatly packed in a box with all its clothes.

I remember how hard it was for me to let go of the big tub of My Little Pony toys. We had the horses as well as a My Little Pony ferris wheel and a My Little Pony water park and all sorts of magical lands for pink and purple ponies.

Tahlia was able to move beyond My Little Pony quite easily.  Me - not so much. And don't get me started on Barbie. That was a dark day ...

When it comes to these big tubs of themed toys I would advertise them on All Classifieds for a bargain price and await to see what new family might apply to adopt them.

I will never forget the enthusiasm and gratitude that both the My Little Pony and Barbie boxes were met with.  Two families who were so over-the-moon thrilled with their new toys that my heartbreak soon turned to joy.  These toys would be going to loving homes.

This year we've got two final tubs of toys to part with.  Darby's Tech Deck finger skateboards and all the skateboard park bits and pieces, as well as a big tub of wrestling men and a homemade wrestling ring.  He's hoping to not only clear an entire shelf in his cupboard but to make some money for our trip overseas.

This set is now all packaged up and on its way to WA.

Yesterday I got a phone call about the skateboards.  The lady was beside herself with excitement at finding us on All Classifieds.  She was even more excited about getting the entire tub for $50.  The gratitude and enthusiasm that spilled across the air waves helped sooth my feeling of loss.  She said that I had just made her 5 year old son's Christmas.

My feeling of sadness quickly turned to joy.

It's OK to let go when the toys are going to a happy new home.

Obviously it's not the toys I'm mourning over.  (Although, maybe that inner child in me is throwing a silent tanty.) It's the fact that my kids have grown beyond them.  The fact that Santa won't be bringing sacks full of colour, wonder and magic into our home anymore.  The fact that my babies are growing up way too fast.

As much as I grumbled and hounded about "packing up your toys", it will be a sad day when there are no toys left to grumble about.

Which is why I will always keep a few toys tucked away. I'll say they're for our grand daughter and for visitors, but really it's just so I can feel that the magic of kidnom still exists inside our home.

Wanna play dolls? 

12 comments :

  1. I'm keeping a few, but I'm ruthlessly ebaying and giving to the womens refuge - and the really crappy ones I'm leaving on the fence,and they're going....Just got to be done. Keeping the lego for grandkids, and Thomas, but the rest is on the way out....

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  2. I will be keeping so many!! My 15 year old has a huge Barbie and Littlest Pet Shop hoard hidden in her closet. Then there's wooden Thomas... We have invested loads into wooden toys over the years and I intend to see grandkids playing with them. Baby Born is not going anywhere either! :D

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  3. Oh how lovely! We're the opposite - I'd quite happy throw most of it out but the boys get very attached!

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  4. I gave a lot of my kids toys and puzzles to my sister who is a daycare mum ... but kept the special things :-)

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  5. My husband and I both still have our childhood teddies and a few bits and pieces. Sentimental pair, we are!

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  6. There are a few special things in our household but most get given away. They are dwindling each year. Sad but inevitable.

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  7. I have a big striped bag of toys and a lot of books! I need to go through the toys. I'd like to donate to a shelter but I have a feeling no one takes soft toys any more.

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  8. My mum has still kept her favourite doll as a little girl so it would be 60 years old now. Pretty amazing (and a little ugly)

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  9. I am in the same mode as well. keeping Thomas trains, Lego and board games but the rest are going!

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  10. I remember how tough it was parting with my sons' toys during annual clean-ups - for me, not them. They also had Tech Decks and I found it hard to part with them. I kept a few, but not many, toys and quite a few books. Now my beautiful grand daughters are enjoying the fun and reigniting the memories for me. I guess one day I'll have to go through all the little girlie things I've bought them to play at Grandy's. Letting go can be hard.

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  11. I remember how tough it was parting with my sons' toys during annual clean-ups - for me, not them. They also had Tech Decks and I found it hard to part with them. I kept a few, but not many, toys and quite a few books. Now my beautiful grand daughters are enjoying the fun and reigniting the memories for me. I guess one day I'll have to go through all the little girlie things I've bought them to play at Grandy's. Letting go can be hard.

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  12. I will be keeping certain toys too that I just can't part with. So many good memories are attached to them. My mum kept my barbies and now my girls play with them when they go to Grandmas house.

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