As the holidays get closer, many families start to anticipate the onslaught of presents from family and friends. It's a little overwhelming to know that soon toy boxes and bins will be overflowing, and stepping on Hot Wheels or plastic doll shoes will be a daily occurrence. So as we approach this potentially hazardous time for parents, let's talk about how we declutter!
This is a great time for many to go through warm weather clothes and donate what no longer fits, throw out anything beyond repair, and store away what will be worn again. Go through the cold weather items as well, and make sure that hats and gloves still fit (and label for school/day care if needed!). If a coat has been outgrown, consider donating it to a local coat drive. There are many families who cannot afford a winter coat for their children, so consider this when going through the closets.
When it comes to toys, throw out anything broken or with missing pieces. Make sure all puzzles have their pieces, and the same for board games. Involve your children and let them know that what they no longer play with can be given to other children who may not have as much.
Venture into the garage and kitchen too, and anything you haven't used or that has been buried obviously can either be donated or thrown out. Take some time to go through your pantry and clear out anything past it's expiration date. Sorts your bowls and lids, and make sure you have enough dishes and silverware if planning to throw a gathering. Any gadgets or tools you purchased, used once and then tossed into a cupboard could be donated, just ask yourself if you'll honestly use it again and is it worth it to keep it around.
Just take a few minutes everyday between now and Christmas and you will have decluttered enough that the new toys and other gifts won't be overbearing. How do you prepare for all of the gifts coming into your home?