Even in my own personal spaces – my purse, my dresser, my bathroom drawers – I manage to pull out some stray McDonald’s toy or lone Lego piece.
Such is the life with kids, right?
Still, about once a month the kid chaos strikes a bad chord with me – and I’ll go on a toy purge. As my children play outside or in other rooms of the house, I take a trash bag and sneak into their spaces. Broken toys, pizza place wins, hand-me down what-nots – gone in a quick swipe and tossed.
But there are times when I don’t want to just trash old gifts or forgotten games. Rather, I try to find other ways to dispose of the clutter.
Sometimes we donate items, or find a friend, and every so often, we try to sell goods for some extra cash.
I recently discovered a new service – music Magpie – that takes your used movies, video games and CDs. You simply visit their site and type in the barcode numbers or scan it with an app. After you load the barcode, the site tells you what they’ll pay for the items. You can then load your unused items into a box and ship it for free. A few days later, the check is dropped in the mail and you find yourself with a little less clutter and a little more cash.
My recent purge weekend resulted in a few more clean shelves in our entertainment center. Yeah! No more Barney, potty-training or Backyardigans videos. My boys also unloaded some old DS games, and I even tossed in an ancient Celine Dion CD. Sorry Celine.
Most of the items netted us 50 cents to a dollar, but it adds up, and I’m even more delighted to get the unused items out of my house. I swear, I feel like I am de-cluttering our home every weekend!
I know someday I’ll miss the random toys, but the neat-freak side of me loves organization.
How do you manage the kid clutter in your home?
Have you found any cool services to score some extra cash for unwanted goods?
This is a sponsored post for musicMagpie, but the opinions are entirely my own.