Toys We Keep


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Among people who call themselves minimalists there is a broad spectrum of how much stuff people keep. Some minimalist parents keep only a few toys for their kids and it works out well.

While we did get rid of a lot of toys and will continue to purge as needed, there are a fair amount of toys that we kept. Children like toys. I liked toys when I was young. We have long winters where we live, and going outside can be impossible for long stretches of time. Toys are a good thing for us – especially those toys that encourage creativity.

Here are some of the toys that we keep:

  • Legos & Duplos
  • K’Nex
  • Hotwheels cars & tracks
  • Wooden & foam blocks
  • Trains & tracks (we have Thomas Take ‘n Play & wooden sets from Ikea)
  • Mega Bloks
  • Games & puzzles (that have their pieces)
  • Balls
  • Nerf guns
  • Trio blocks
  • Play kitchen set
  • Transformers
  • Stuffed animals (only the well-loved ones)
  • Toy musical instruments (like these)

Some people would probably disqualify us from the minimalism category after looking at this list, but in reality it is a good amount for us. We live in a very small space, but unless multiple items are out at once, this amount is easily manageable. These are the toys that get played with over and over.

One thought on “Toys We Keep

  1. Three years ago we relocated from our beloved family home of 17 years to a new location. We downsized our ‘foot-print for living’ and all the stuff with-in it by a third. I still managed to keep a few beloved toys of our now three adult children and three years later I do not regret holding on to a single one. They still bring me joy & lots of giggles whenever visiting ‘little-ones’ are over to play for the day. Hold on to what is important and let go of what is not…I’d say the joy and giggles definitely qualify for the ‘importance’ column for a wee-bit longer. Hugs n’ blessings for holding on to the important stuff!


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