Yesterday I mentioned doing a little spring cleaning around here. One of the things that I really started cleaning was the kids toys. As I dumped everything onto our closet floor to sort, I noticed how many things we got for free that added to the clutter.
It’s pretty crazy to think about how much free stuff you can get everywhere.
Here’s a list of some I can think off the top of my head:
- drink cozies
- kids stuff like:
- rubber duckies
- miscellaneous little plastic toys
- crafts/things they make from other activities
- temporary tattoos
- coupons that say something like, “Buy this and get this item you will never use/eat free!”
- brochures/free magazines by the grocery store entrance
- little thermometers/flashlights/things that should be useful but break/don’t work/are too cheap
- bouncy balls
- plastic jewelry
- toys from fast food restaurants
…and so on.
These things end up scattered everywhere around the house and we end up trashing most of it anyway because it breaks.
I have asked my husband to stop bringing home the free stuff he gets from work, like calendars. The most interesting one he brought back recently was a thermometer but that ended up breaking within a month. So, it’s back to not bringing stuff back.
The kids are a little harder with preschool they have a constant stream of stuff from their crafts to the goodies they get from the holidays/events or a “good behavior” sticker chart.
I have no problem getting free stuff if it made sense, but most of the time, it doesn’t. I’m going to make more of an effort to say no. I don’t want to bring in or support things that break so easily. It’s just wasteful.
How do you deal with the influx of stuff at your home?