The Christmas season is such a wonderful time of year. So wonderful in fact that we’re even willing to put up with the cold, windy, rainy days; as long as it means that Santa is coming soon! Christmas means family, friends, good food and happy thoughts. It also means, presents! Parents love watching their children’s face light up every time they open a gift on Christmas morning. But when all of the turkey has been eaten, all of the guests have left, and you’ve got a playroom that looks like a bomb went off in a toy shop, what then?
In order to deal with the cluttered toy-crazy chaos of Christmas with children, it’s best to start beforehand. Children grow out of their toys, and a great way to declutter is to have your children decide what they want to keep and what can go. I would suggest an afternoon where parents spend time with their children going through their toys. Then, as a family, they take the toys they don’t play with anymore to a charity shop, shelter or preschool. This is such a lovely way to bond as a family while helping your immediate community and teaching your children a valuable lesson.
While you’re at it, take a look through the closet; children do tend to grow quickly too! After the Christmas morning madness is over, it’s worth having a second look with your children to see if they received any presents that can potentially replace older toys, and repeat the process!
Christmas is fun, but it can also be stressful. By doing the above, not only are you keeping clutter to a minimum, you’re also creating a nice family tradition while helping out the community. And after all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
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Hi, my name is Tilo Flache. My current mission: help my clients declutter mind and space.
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