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Clean Out the Bath Toys! {28 Days to De-Clutter}

Posted Feb 09 2013 12:01am
If you have kids, chances are, you have bath toys. And if you don’t have kids, well then – today you get a free pass! Unless, of course, you still need to clean under the bathroom sink . In that case, you’d better get busy on that! Because today we’re going to be tackling the kids’ mess of toys that clutter up the bathroom; doesn’t that sound like fun?! If you’re keeping up with these challenges, join our  28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page  and share your excitement with the rest of us as you accomplish each task! If you’re just joining us now, you can .

I think I possibly have bought the grand total of one bath toy for my kids. One. That’s it. But somehow, between birthdays and Christmas and stockings and generous aunties, uncles, and grandparents, we have amassed a collection of bath toys that boggles the mind. I honestly have no clue where they all came from, but I frankly get sick and tired of them all (With most profound apologies to said aunties, uncles, and grandparents. We really do appreciate your generosity.). It’s not that I mind bath toys in principle, it’s just their sheer number that sets my teeth on edge!

Before you get started with this exercise, take some time to set a limit on how many bath toys you want to keep:

  • If you already have a container of some kind where the toys are stored, commit to eliminating toys until they fit into the container.
  • If you don’t have a container, consider what you have on hand at home that could serve the purpose. Once again, commit to eliminating toys until they fit into that container.
  • If you don’t have a container of any kind at the moment, decide on a number of toys. I think 10-15 should be adequate, but choose a number that works best for you and your family.
Set your timer for 10 minutes, and…

BEGIN!

If the toys are scattered, collect them all into one central location (like the tub) so you can easily see how many you have. Then, keeping your goal in mind, ruthlessly sort through them.

I suggest discarding any toys that:

  • your kids do not play with
  • are broken or torn
  • do not work the way they’re supposed to
  • have developed mildew (You can usually see it collecting on the inside of the toy, but if nothing else, when you squeeze water out of it, some mildew will come out in the spray.)

Gather up the toys you have decided to keep, and make sure they fit into your container (or do not exceed the number limit you set). If you haven’t reached your goal, repeat the process until you do.

That was a pretty easy task, no? If you’re still ready to put a little work in, read on…

  • If you don’t have a way to corral the bath toys yet, it’s important to find some kind of container. Nobody wants to slip on bath toys while they’re showering! And you certainly don’t want them littering the bathroom floor. I actually repurposed packaging from Lego Duplos for my kids’ bath toys. It’s perfect! The color matches our bathroom decor pretty well, and it’s plastic so it’s super easy to clean. Plus it has a ridge on the bottom and some holes to make for easy drainage, reducing the mildew and mold that can form. One other benefit is its size! It takes up very little space but easily holds at least 15 toys.
  • If you have limited floor space in your bathroom, you’ll probably want to find some way to keep the toys in the tub. I’ve pinned ideas to this end on the 28 Days to De-Clutter Pinterest Board  that include hanging fruit baskets, extra shower rods with baskets on hooks, and basket trays that stretch across the tub. All of them seem easy to do and inexpensive, which makes them a win in my book!
  • What?! Your kids don’t have bath toys? We must remedy that situation immediately! You can make your own bath toys, did you know that? Try these super easy foam scenes  or this awfully fun sponge ball ! A more involved project would be this awesome homemade fountain . But no need to go all complicated: something as simple as empty water bottles is a lot of fun to a little guy (or girl)!

If you completed today’s 10-minute task, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me all about it – and show me a picture – on the 28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page . Bloggers can grab the badge below and write a post – I’ll link to it in my next post and pin it to my 28 Days to De-Clutter Pinterest Board , and share on Facebook and Twitter.  And everyone can join in on the Twitter conversation by using the hashtag #28daystodeclutter .

Clutter-Free in 28 Days!

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