Yesterday I told Jack if he got rid of 15 toys, I would buy him one toy that he really wanted. It was hard. He immediately went to the bin of Annie's toys & started pulling things out to get rid of. I kept suggesting toys to get rid of & all of a sudden they were his favorite, really special toy. He ended up doing really well & I got rid of the horrible, plastic Thomas train tracks that haven't been played with for a year, so he'll get his new toy.
Last night when Jack was asleep I went to the basement & filled a huge Goodwill box with even more toys that he won't miss. Now I just have to keep him away from the box until it leaves the house.
I've also made a few guidelines for myself. No more garage sale toys just for the sake of cheap toys. If it's something I think the children will still play with a month from now, then I'll consider it. But our house is littered with someone else's junk just because it was a dollar. And I won't buy any more clothes that I don't love. A $5 t-shirt from Target isn't a great deal if it makes me feel even more frumpy than I already feel daily. And, at the end of our toy purge, if Jack gets a toy, he has to get rid of 2 toys. We'll see how long I stick to these guidelines. I just don't want our house to be overrun with stuff that I don't like & is taking up what little space we have. Besides, Jack has more fun outside blowing bubbles & throwing rocks than playing with plastic toys.
All that ranting to say, go purge some junk from your life today! It feels good!