Parents, take a moment to look around your child’s room. Is the room (or rooms) ready for Christmas? I ask myself this question every Christmas and at every birthday. Is there room for more…”stuff”? About a month before each of these celebrations I go through everything from the closet, to the dresser, to the multiple toy bins. Anything that is missing pieces, is broken, looks like it’s begging to be thrown away or I haven’t seen since the last cleanup, gets taken out! I usually do this when Ava isn’t home, way easier that way. Then, as the celebration day gets closer I have her do it again. This is great because I may have missed something or simply thought she still plays with when she doesn’t.
If you haven’t done this yet (including your child), then it’s important that you first explain what is happening. You’re not getting rid of toys as a punishment, they didn’t do anything wrong, they aren’t losing or giving away something they love! You want this to be a good experience for them, you want them to WANT to do this….it’ll go much smoother this way and it’ll teach them the importance of appreciating and taking good care of what they have! The way I have always explained it (and depending on their age, you may have to explain it every time you do it!) is that because they are so fortunate and blessed to have the chance to get new things, we donate their older things to children who do not have as much. I also make sure she understands that I do this with my stuff too, it’s a family thing! But she sees this for me more regularly as whenever I buy new clothes or new shoes throughout the year, I donate my old ones.
I do this with my daughter’s clothes too. This helps me so much when I can actually see what clothes she is in need of. The last time we did this we threw out so many pair-less socks (I really would love to find out where the other pair goes after it hits the laundry!!) and I discovered how fast she has grown by the amount of pants that no longer reach her little ankles!! This also helps when family members ask what she needs and what sizes to buy.
The “making room” project ensures that our closets never get overrun and we’re helping someone at the same time.
How do you keep on top of the clutter in your home?