Our kids have soooo many toys. We've seriously been blessed beyond measure in this area. We have hardly had to ever buy them any toys because so many have graciously been given to us from others. Well with Christmas fast approaching, we decided to do one more big toy purge. What we did was pull out EVERYthing from their rooms and storage and then laid them all out on the floor/bed in our master bedroom, basically like a toy store. All educational toys were immediately removed and placed in quick retrieval storage. We then individually led the kids through the "store" and allowed them to pick out (10) toys a piece*.
Someone here had commented a while back that toy boxes are abysses- well they are right, and so, we got book shelves for the kids to display their toys. Some good toys like Mega Blocks, train sets, a wooden doll house, etc. did not get chosen this round and so those went back into storage for a later rotation. We also kept out community toys like their big kitchen set and dress up clothes. But through this process, we were able to separate the "wheat from the chaff" (so to speak) and purge the trickety things that no one plays with.
Having less toys out has helped not only with cutting down the messes made during the day, but it has also reduced the number of arguments and fights between the children. It's also dramatically increased our children's level of contentment.
*Cassandra and Edmund obviously needed help.
*And we picked out some cool toys for Baby F, too.