Create a Minimalist Home with Less Toys and More Creativity

Most minimalist parents strive to find a happy medium when it comes to their kids’ toy clutter. They want their kids to be kids but don’t think having hundreds of toys is the way to go. So how do you create a minimalist home with less toys and more creativity? Here are some practical, simple to execute strategies for building a more creative play environment for your kids.

The benefits of less toys

In an article written for Psychology Today, a study of kids and toys was discussed. Read the full article. Here is a quick breakdown of the findings:

  • Fewer toys meant better interaction
  • Kids played longer with fewer toys
  • Creativity was enhanced with less toys

It’s no surprise that less toys meant more creativity for kids. After all, the benefits of less clutter has proven to reduce anxiety and depression in adults. 

Toy downsizing tips

If you have younger kids, downsizing toys is relatively simple It’s when the children are a little bit older that you might face some power struggles. There are two basic questions to ask when deciding what goes and what stays

  1. Do they play with this?
  2. Does this enhance more creativity?

As parents, it’s important that we’re honest with ourselves about what is not being played with and what is not increasing their creativity. It can prove to be difficult on parents who attach a financial value to the toys in their home. “This cost $50, I’m not getting rid of it!” 

While this monetary struggle can be difficult, it also could prove helpful in future situations when you find yourself tempted to spend significant money on a toy.

Keeping a minimalist home with kids can be challenging, but rewarding. Here are some simple strategies to create a home with less toys and more creativity.

Encouraging decluttering

If you do have older children who can participate in decluttering and donating toys, try allowing them to do so.

You can:

  • Set a timer and make a game out of finding un-used toys to donate.
  • Make a list of favorite toys and then encourage them to let go of anything that didn’t make the list.
  • Before Christmas and birthdays, remind your children if they want new toys, they must make room for them by downsizing some that they currently have.

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Toys that enhance creativity

There are several standard toys that help promote creativity in kids. It may be a good idea to keep these toys on hand or to encourage them in the future.

  • Legos
  • Barbies
  • Crayons
  • Play-Doh
  • Books
  • Paints
  • Dress ups

Keeping a minimalist home with kids can be challenging, but rewarding. Here are some simple strategies to create a home with less toys and more creativity.

Out of the playroom play time

Remember that playtime doesn’t just have to be in a playroom or even with toys! Letting your kids play in the mud, help with gardening, baking in the kitchen or even helping with dishes can keep them busy, and you are sure to have less toys and more creativity.

Don’t ever underestimate the importance of teaching your children basic life skills. Not only will they benefit as adults, but one on one life lessons help them grow more creative and independent while they are young.

Great ideas for out of playroom play time:

  • Baking
  • Cutting fruit (butter knifes work)
  • Matching Tupperware lids
  • Scrubbing dishes
  • Cleaning the car
  • Folding laundry

The options are endless when it comes to toy-free learning. Sometimes you just have to get creative.

Participate in creativity

If you are hoping for a home with less toys and more creativity, make sure your kids know this is a good thing.

Dress up and play superheroes with them, build houses with blocks and mold things with clay.

More than anything your kids want time with you, don’t deprive them of that luxury.

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Keeping a minimalist home with kids can be challenging, but rewarding. Here are some simple strategies to create a home with less toys and more creativity.