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Are the toys starting to take over your house? Well, we just found the solution to your problem

If your house is starting to resemble a car boot sale with the amount of toys your little one is hoarding, maybe it's time to tackle the problem once and for all.

Like that pull-along duck that is constantly falling out of the wardrobe or the 500 books that are starting to clog up every nook and cranny in your home…

As a mum, I know just how easy it is for your home to be filled with dolls and cars, teddies and puzzles. Christmas, birthdays, they were good in school… there is always a reason to buy them something nice.

However, it's when they grow out of their former favourite toy that issues start to rise. 

The kids have had their fun but they've moved on and now that poor teddy has been relegated to under the bed.

And when you do try to fob the toys off to someone whose kid is the perfect age to play with it… you're usually met with a resounding no (because they're busy trying to fob off their unwanted Barbies).

But thanks to technology that job has just become a whole lot easier! 

Appytoy is a free mobile toy sharing platform connecting households, businesses and charities to allow those with too many toys to pass them on to others who need them.

Parents list pre-loved toys and give them away to other members who live or work nearby.

It's a fun, quick and easy way to exchange toys. It saves time, money and attic space while teaching children to share, re-use and recycle.

It also gives them an opportunity to meet neighbours, make friends and strengthen communities.

Having no value attached to the toys means that high end products can be exchanged for say a book; it's not about getting a return on your unwanted toys, it's about sharing and building the community.

The app is in the final stages of testing and will be available to download for free at the end of September on iPhone and Android. 

Join the community by following on Facebook or Twitter.

Sign up now and get on top of the clutter before Christmas and prevent more toys going to landfill.

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