A guest post from Janice Simon, the Clutter Princess. Find her at www.clutterprincess.com
It’s a hard candy Christmas.”
- Take out broken toys or toys no longer loved or used. As your child pulls out toys they no longer want, don’t get emotional and ask “Are you sure? Are you really, really sure?” because you have memories of it. Keep your cool.
- Stash a keepsake toy or two (not all of them are keepsakes) in a bin. When they’re older, they can decide for themselves what they want to keep.
- Clear out clothes the children have outgrown. Toss clothes that are stained, ripped, or discolored. The rest can be donated, taken to consignment shops, or save for a younger sibling.
- Wipe down toys with germ-fighting cleaners and donate. When donating toys to hospitals, check their requirements. For example, children at MD Anderson Cancer Center can only receive new, packaged toys that have never been used due to immunity issues.
- Place toys in bins and boxes. If the child is young, place a picture of what goes in the box on the front. If they can read, use a label.
- Pare down the number of gifts your children and family receives. You may have to talk to other relatives about how many gifts they give your child.
- For adults, think about “clutter-free” gifts such as gift certificates and cards, consumable products, memberships to museums, or movie tickets.