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The Post Christmas Declutter

We all know that Christmas comes with a lot of new toys and exciting things to play with. But a lot of the time once these new toys come in, it means that there is more that you (and the kids) can handle.

The new year has started, the gatherings with family and friends are done and you have been left with a fridge full of left overs and an influx of new toys and games come.

NOW is a great time to start that New Years Resolution and DECLUTTER!

This will not only make you feel calmer with less things in your home but the kids will be able to enjoy their new toys in a less crowded space and it means you keep a little bit of your sanity! Here are some of my favourite ways to declutter toys after Christmas and also how to make it fun for your children.

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Start with the broken toys

The easiest way to start your declutter is by removing the broken toys or games/toys that are missing parts. You may not have even noticed how many barbies only have one arm or how many match box cars are missing wheels. But once you remove all these broken items, it can make a huge difference to your play area and make the decluttering process a lot easier.

Giving away toys

This is a fun way to not only get the kids involved in the process, but to teach them about giving to those who are less fortunate. Teaching your children about the importance of giving to others and those who are less fortunate will help them in many ways. By getting them involved in sorting through their old toys and giving away to other children means that they are able to learn about the process and also decide which toys that they are still interested in and which ones that they think someone else will benefit from.

Once you have sorted through the toys, let them go with you to take them to a shelter or second hand store so that they can see their efforts and the difference that they have made.

Focus on what you are keeping

A lot of time when you start getting rid of toys, your children will start to remember all the times that they have played with them and then worry about letting go. Rather than focusing on what you are getting rid of, focus on what you are keeping. Remind them about the toys that they still have and love. By focusing on what they have (rather than what they don’t) it will make the process easier on them.

Selling old toys

In many cases, the toys that you are getting rid of are probably still in very good condition, just simply aren’t played with as much anymore. You can talk to your children about selling their toys and making a little bit of money from them.

This can help teach them about the value of money, the process of selling and how it all works.

Your children may be more inclined to part ways with their toys if there is a little monetary incentive for them in it. Don’t forget to keep a cut for yourself though 😉

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How to pick which toys to get rid of :

It can be difficult to work out which toys to get rid of, especially if they have a lot of them.

One of the first things to look at is how long it has been since they used a certain toy. If it has been months since they have played with something, chances are that they are not going to notice that it is gone.

The next thing to look at is what types of toys and games that they will be getting for Christmas. Are they getting something that is similar to something they already have? Just a newer, better version? Do they really need the old version if they are getting a new one?

And lastly, get the children involved. By doing this, they are able to work out what they still love and what they can do without.


Looking for some activities to keep the kids entertained these holidays?
Check out our 20 Free Activities To Do With Your Kids blog post for some inspiration.


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