THE SIFTING PILES
The Pieces Pile.
This pile is a temporary place to keep play sets that have pieces. You may think that all the slides from that ViewMaster are long gone, but you’ll be surprised at the pieces and parts you uncover as you sift through the mountain of toys. You may have some complete sets that you had given up hope on ever putting back together.
The Keep Pile
Obviously, this pile is for the toys and books that you intend to keep in your house. If it’s something your child plays with regularly or asks about when it’s not in front of him, it should probably stay in this pile.
The Discard Pile
This is the trash pile. It’s the pile of toys that would have no more value to anyone else than they do to you.
Discerning which items should go to the Discard Pile as opposed to the Donate Pile can sometimes be challenging. Here are a few guidelines:
- Worn or broken items should be tossed. Most places that take donations try to sell the items they receive. If you’re looking at a toy that you would never buy off a shelf at a resale store, chances are it belongs in the discard pile. Don’t donate a bunch of junk. It will just get thrown away and waste the time of overworked employees and volunteers.
- If the toy is missing most of its pieces, it probably belongs in the discard pile.
- Stuffed animals are very difficult to clean and can look worn after just one washing. Unless Winnie the Pooh has not been played with and still looks brand new, he belongs in the discard pile.
- Personalized or monogrammed toys usually need to be thrown away, because the chances of someone finding it who has the same name as your child are pretty slim.
The Pass On Pile