Should kids have a limit on their toys?

Professional organizer Beth Zeigler weighs in on whether parents should limit the amount of toys allowed in the house
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Should kids have a limit on their toys?

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I think it's really important to limit the amount of toys that come into the house. If you thin,k about it, when adults are faced with too many decisions, they have a hard time making a decision. So kids are the same way. They have 500 toys to play with. They don't know which one to pick. They pull out 10 at a time. They go from one to the other. That creates anxiety. Again, the same with us. We get overwhelmed. Anxiety. We get cranky when we can't make the perfect decision. Kids are the exact same way. Kids are creative. They don't have any problem making a block into a castle or what have you. So I find when you limit the amount of toys you are allowing them to be more creative with what they're given. If you're familiar with the TV show, Project Runway, Tim Gunn always says, make it work. I think it's just one of those things that kids have the amount of toys. They will make it work. I think it's more creative that way. I think it's so important to limit the amount of toys that come into the house. Just as with anything you want to set a budget, make a plan, otherwise things can get chaotic pretty quickly. So that might mean a closet for some folks. It might mean a cubby, storage solution for others. So whatever you choose, make sure you're setting that boundary. And what I like to do is maybe you only allow for half of that room for toys. The other half is allocated for toys that are going to be going out soon. And maybe the other half or that other quarter is allowed for toys that are coming into the house. So you always have a steady rotation of toys. And it again shows the children, okay, this is a process. It's not a static collection. It allows them to see that things get donated, things come in, so it's always fresh for them as well.

Professional organizer Beth Zeigler weighs in on whether parents should limit the amount of toys allowed in the house

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Beth Zeigler

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Beth created B•neato Professional Organizing after someone recognized her organizing talents and told her about the National Association of Professional Organizers. Ever since, she's been blogging about getting organized for well-known companies, such as Apartment Therapy and Rubbermaid. Beth's goal is to make getting organized accessible to all which is why she created No Mess No Stress Organizing Boot Camp (which is known in some circles as a work-out for your filing system). When she's not helping clients de-clutter, Beth can be found keeping her busy household in order in Silver Lake, CA.

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