Cleaning toys

Photo: David Tsay

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Use Parental Prerogative
Next, Michelle can take the liberty of purging anything the kids rarely play with. "The truth is, they probably won't miss much," says Walsh. The baby dolls Michelle scoops up will be kept in the garage until they can be donated.

Get rid of it for good: L.A.'s Toy Loan Program maintains "lending libraries" of free toys for kids.