How to Declutter Toys in a Big Family

When you take the plunge into minimalism, every “expert” tells you to start with toys if you have kids. It will give you easy wins and you’ll see such a huge difference, it will give you the momentum to continue. Or so they say. But when you have multiple kids (especially of different genders), decluttering toys can get complicated fast.

I started with toys after reading the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and let me tell you, it was painful. I debated a long time over things like dolls and Little People and wooden blocks. Hopefully sharing my experience will save you some of the decision fatigue I experienced.

I’ll give you the simple questions that I eventually (after much debate) came up with in order to decide what to toss and what to keep. I’ll also show you exactly what remained after we decluttered. Your toy collection will probably look different, but I always find it really helpful to see what other families end up keeping when they declutter toys.

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How to Declutter with a Sentimental Child

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Minimalism saved my motherhood. It gave me the gift of time and freed me from the stress that comes with clutter. I went from spending all my spare time cleaning up and organizing all the stuff to having time to do things like homeschooling and blogging.

But the real challenge has been learning how to declutter with a sentimental child.

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Primary.com Review: Simple Kid’s Clothing We LOVE

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I finally found a children’s clothing company that I LOVE. I love it so much that I am transitioning as many of my kid’s clothing purchases here as I can possibly afford. And that’s a big deal in my frugal world. If you hate shopping for clothes and are frustrated with the options in kid’s clothing today, you need to know about Primary.com.

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20 Frugal Living Tips You Can Completely Ignore (and still be frugal)

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Frugal bloggers love to write articles like “15 Things Frugal People Don’t Pay For”. And for people who aren’t naturally frugal, but want to be, these can be super helpful. They’re the ones googling “frugal living tips”, after all. They really do want to learn how to be frugal, and those kinds of articles can get them started.

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Cheap Useful Wedding Gifts: 16 Ideas for $20 or less!

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We recently received an invitation to a cousin’s wedding, which of course started the wheels turning: what could we find for a cheap useful wedding gift. Receiving wedding invitations is so different now from when we were a married without kids, dual income couple. Why? Attempting to find cheap useful wedding gifts can be a real challenge.

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Dollar Store Fridge Organization (for $5 or less!)

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The fridge in our current rental house leaves a lot to be desired as far as fridge organization goes. The interior has three measly (awful) shelves and two drawers – there’s not even a deli drawer! Our last apartment was a brand new, luxury building: I was spoiled, for sure.

For months, I lived with a less than ideal, disorganized fridge, but I constantly misplaced items, forgetting about produce or leftovers until it was too late. I definitely needed fridge organization help but didn’t get desperate enough to figure out a solution until last week. I finally got fed up with wasting money and time and started brainstorming.

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4 Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

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It’s that time of the year again: tax time. When you’re a family paying off debt and living paycheck to paycheck, anticipating a windfall like your tax refund is like looking forward to Christmas. You’re not quite sure what that pretty package has in it, but you’re certain it’s going to be amazing! And you already have about fifty million exciting ideas for how to use that refund.

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5 Online Sources for Big Savings on Clothes

Online shopping has a bad reputation. For many people, online shopping triggers overspending and impulse buys. But for all its downsides, online shopping has the potential to be a vital source for saving a LOT of money on clothes. You just need to know where to start.

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7 Tips for Finding Hand-Me Downs (when your sources run out)

Any parent on a tight budget and a growing family knows that finding a reliable source for hand-me-downs is a key factor to saving big on clothes. Even with all the free brand new clothes I get, hand-me-downs still play a huge role in our savings on clothes.

But what if you run out of sources? Or don’t have any to begin with? Don’t despair! I’m going to give you several ideas on how to get your hands on some good hand-me-downs.

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My Secret to Getting Brand New Clothes (more than $500 worth a year!) for FREE

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After our second child turned a year old, my husband and I realized we both wanted a big family. We loved seeing the personalities of each child blossom, seeing the fun and unique people God made them to be. With that realization, however, came the money doldrums.

Have you been there? When all you can see is one [small] income for years and years as far as you can imagine? I was committed to staying home with my kids, but stretch that out for years with multiple kids, and you start to wonder how the numbers are going to work out.

Our sources for hand-me-downs were drying up (why oh why did my daughter need to outgrow not one, but two kids a year older than her?!), and I knew I needed a sustainable way to get the majority of our clothes for less…much less.

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