The holidays are fast approaching, and that means celebrating—usually with food, cards, and, of course, gifts. Ah, there are always so many gifts, especially for the kids! They are a fun part of the holiday season, but can be overwhelming in excess. So, before you start worrying about what your children want this holiday season, consider what they can get rid of first.
1. Purge: Think about the plethora of toys about to flow into your household in the next few weeks. Now take a quick inventory of the figurines, puzzle pieces, and video games that already live there. The first step to organizing this time of year is to sort what you have and purge your kids’ toys before the holidays to create space for what’s about to come. This can be done in one of two ways:
a. With your child: If your child is at an appropriate age and able to let go of some toys, corral all of them so your child can see them all together. If there is resistance to this process, try discussing the benefits of donating their toys and giving them to someone less fortunate.
b. Without your child: If your child is under the age of 3 or 4 and unable to determine which toys they’ve grown out of or no longer use, we give you permission to donate them without their consent. If you find yourself having trouble parting ways, try taking a photo of the toys for a long-lasting memory.
2. Start with the low-hanging fruit: We advise this in all areas of the household, and it applies just as much with kids. When you’re […]