If you've got a kid or two at home, there's a pretty good chance that your living room could pass for a toy store. Seeing the expression of happiness on a child's face when you hand them a new toy can be a bit addictive. On the flip side, however, seeing said toy promptly discarded while your child claims to be bored is a total downer. That's why it might be in both of your interests to downsize a bit. There are lots of hacks to keep your kid from being overwhelmed by toys that can benefit both of you.
According to a study published in 2012, and reported on by TIME, American kids are given as many as 70 toys a year. If that number sounds outrageously high to you, you might want to do a quick tally in your head of all the birthday, holiday, and "just because" presents your kid is getting from you and your co-parent, their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and anyone else who loves to spoil them. Maybe 70 doesn't seem all that outrageous after all? But just like an adult who looks into a packed closet and announces they have "nothing to wear," a child might look into a stuffed toy box and announce they have "nothing to play with."
A few changes to the way you handle your child's toys can change the way they play, as well as the way you feel about your living space. These seven hacks show that sometimes, less is more.