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Does your family car look like this?

My car is the typical kid car.  It is full of toys on the floor, sticky seats and old food crushed all over the place.  We try and clean the car out once a month or whenever it gets to be too much but it’s hard when I know it will just get dirty again.

Just looking at this picture makes me want to go scrub my car. It is so hard to keep a clean car with young kids. How do people do it?

My kids have to have their toys in the car with them.  It doesn’t matter where we are going, they have to bring a toy along with them.  I can understand why, the car can get boring and it’s also a comfort thing.  After years of telling the kids they can  only bring one or two things and always having a fight about it I started letting them bring their backpacks.  If it doesn’t fit into their backpacks, then they can’t bring it.  Also it helps with cleaning out the car when you get home.

Do you let your kids bring toys into the car when you go places? How many toys do you let them bring?

What happens when you do not have a lot of toys?

My husband and I sold our house in November 2016 and we were hoping to buy another house quickly so we packed only a few things that we truly needed and then moved the rest into a storage unit.

It has now been 5 months since we sold our house and we still have not been able to purchase another due to the insane market in the Seattle area.  But what I have learned is we have so much “stuff” that we can live without.  My kids only have enough toys and books that fill a 27 gallon bin. Then of course I have all the baby toys for Mr. A but that is it.

My kids had an entire playroom and a bedroom full of toys. Toys were always everywhere and there was always a huge struggle to find a place to put things. The nice thing about not having too many toys in your home goes way beyond not having to find places to put all of the toys. My house looks cleaner. My kids seem happier. I am happier.

I have never had a lot of outdoor toys for my kids because we haven’t had many chances to have our own yard and even when we did have our own house we did not have a lot. I noticed my kids’ imagination just exploded when they played outside. They would find unique ways to play and they would make up some crazy cool toys just by what they found outside. I have now noticed that same thing happening inside. It is so amazing to see their creativity.

I am not willing to throw out a ton of toys that we have in storage but I am ready to evaluate what we have and quite possibly switch out their toys every few months.

Do you keep all of your kids’ toys out or do you like only keeping a few out at a time? I think whatever way you decide to do it, it’s ok 😊