Here's how Jill redirects the flow of junky toys back out of the house:
Too many trinkets from birthday party goodie bags? We now have a box of them, plus the "treasure chest" rewards from the dentist and the teacher and the July 4th parade, and everyone else…. I keep them around for a week or so, and as soon as they become trash underfoot and are no longer used for play I toss them in a junk box. Some of them are fun in the car for road trips, but most of them are just accumulating. Well, my husband's idea is to recycle them. In other words, give them back. I figure the teacher won't mind help in stocking her treasure chest, so I've now got a bag of "goodies" to share with her. Will my son recognize anything in her treasure chest? I hope not; I've only collected pretty generic stuff. I won't give back things this year that he collects this year, but my junk pile will at least have space for the new stuff. Maybe his brother's teacher will have a "treasure chest" too and we can swap it back and forth!
UPDATE: Some of these toys may even contain toxics, including lead.