Monday, September 23, 2013

Toy Overload!

This year has flown by! The holiday season is quickly approaching and I'm already getting overwhelmed. Not only do we have Christmas to think about, but Connor's birthday is in late October and Grace's is in early January. That means we have 3 major gift receiving holidays within 3 months.

Our house is so full of toys. It is honestly insane to me how much stuff these kids have, especially at such a young age. I need to do a major clean out in the next couple of months to prepare for the onslaught of toys that are coming. I love getting them fun things to play with. I love seeing their faces light up and I know our families love it too. But I honestly worry about our kids having so much. I don't want them to be spoiled. I didn't grow up with much and I learned at an early age to appreciate what I had.

I know there's not much I can do about it right now. I've been encouraging family to get them experience stuff (zoo pass, children's museum membership, etc.) but I know they will get a ton of toys. When they get older, I hope to start volunteering with them and having them donate some of their old toys to teach them to appreciate what they have. But right now I just feel like we are in toy overload. I am really trying not to go crazy with holiday shopping and I plan to just buy them one or two things a piece.

I would love to know how you deal with toy overload in your house. Do you donate or sell toys often? Do you try to limit how much they have? Do you go crazy shopping for Christmas and birthdays?


  1. We're making our children (3 and 17 months) pick out 5 toys each from their current stash that Santa will take with him to give to little boys and girls that don't have any..... I purchased a 'Santa bag' that we'll put the toys in by the tree and drop them off at a donation center later.

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