It’s Time to Get Rid of Your Kids Old Things
There comes a time in every parent’s life when their kids outgrow the many dolls, hot wheels, Lego sets, and other items they’ve accumulated over the years. This stage tends to leave parents with a lot of stuff and nowhere to keep it all.
It’s time to get some pro advice for getting rid of your old stuff before you’re stuck with countless half-empty boxes of Lego and Barbies with questionable haircuts.
It can be emotional to cleanse your home of all of your kids’ old toys, clothing and furniture — but it has to happen at some point.
There’s nothing wrong with holding on to a couple of things for sentimental value — but there’s just too much to keep it all. According to British research, the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys — that’s a lot to get rid of when they tire of it all.
You’re going to have to get rid of your kid’s old things whether you like it or not. Their stuff isn’t doing anyone any good by taking up space, and it just adds to your clutter.
Don’t let the stuff collect dust in your attic, garage, or whatever room in your house doubles as a storage room. These are the best (and easiest) ways to get rid of your kids’ old things:
Hand Me Downs
Does your friend, co-worker, niece or anyone else you know have a young kid or have one on the way? See what is still in good condition that you can give away. Things are expensive, so why not spare someone the hassle of buying all brand-new stuff for their kid?
Cribs, car seats, board books — these are all items that stand the test of time and can be passed down to different people. Especially considering young kids grow out of things so fast, many of your kids’ old things are probably only lightly used.
If you don’t have someone in your life who needs your kids’ things, collect what’s intact and bring it all to a donation box or a local charity. You may not have a use for these things, but other families probably do!
There is little reason to throw out all of your kids’ old things if they can still be used by someone else. There are plenty of websites and apps like Kijiji, eBay and Varage that give you a platform to sell those items that are still in good condition to people who are willing to buy them at a discount!
Give It Back
You wouldn’t be the first person to wait until your kids are grown up and out of the house to purge your home of their old things.
When you’re ready to get rid of these sentimental things, try offering some stuff back to your kids to see if they want to hold on to anything for their kids.
Sentimental items like their first pair of shoes or their old music box will make them feel just as nostalgic as you!
If you are dealing with some items that are tricky to get rid of like cribs, changing tables, armoires etc., you can always enlist the help of a junk removal company.
Junk removal companies will help alleviate any physical stresses of clearing out these chunky items, and will typically make sure the items are donated, re-used or recycled.