31 things to declutter in July

We are in the middle of a heatwave. There’s a hosepipe ban, everyone is sweltering in work and the shops are full of floaty dresses and jungle print. It’s July.

Towards the end of the month – in England at least – the schools break up. So now is a great time to declutter the toys and work out what your children do actually play with. Not only that, you’ll get all the unwanted stuff out of the house before the holidays, so they’ll actually have space to play!

Decluttering children’s toys is hard. It’s difficult to shake the feeling that the toys are not yours. It’s also hard when you think about how much these things cost sometimes. In some cases, it may be better to put things away in the loft or basement until you’re sure. It’s also worth bearing in mind that there will need to be a fairly regular cull as your children outgrow certain toys.

If you’re struggling with storage, check out my posts on toy storage.You may also like How to clean a child’s bedroom.

31 things to declutter in July

  1. Happy Meal/Free gift toys
  2. Any toys with broken or missing parts
  3. Any large toys that don’t get played with
  4. Children’s books
  5. Children’s DVDs
  6. Electronic games
  7. Board games
  8. Puzzles
  9. Soft/plush toys
  10. Pens
  11. Paints
  12. Paper
  13. Colouring books
  14. Any other craft materials
  15. Play doh, clay etc.
  16. Ride-on toys
  17. Dressing up clothes
  18. Musical/noisy toys
  19. Building toys
  20. Lego (this may take a few days)
  21. Cars/Trains
  22. Dolls
  23. Pretend play toys
  24. Craft projects
  25. Artwork
  26. Action figure/Barbie toys
  27. Balls
  28. Outdoor toys
  29. Sports equipment
  30. School bags
  31. Lunch boxes/bottles etc – remember what you need to replace.


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  • I’m going to follow this as my 5yr old daughters room is full of useless stuff she just tips out over the floor and never tidy’s up! She drives me mad and it would be great to have a sort out!