With the Christmas season in our rearview mirrors, many parents are now looking to clean things up. That can mean several things, but as American parents, we know that one of those areas is stuff. When I say stuff, I’m talking about the piles of things your kids possess. Toys, games, dolls, clothes, sports stuff, and whatever else.
Most of us are used to seeing these piles of things, but they are looming larger than usual now that Christmas is over. And even if your gift giving was modest, you have more than you did a month ago to clean up, organize, or figure out how to make fit in your life.
In my home, we’ve found that purging old stuff is a great way to handle this issue, and you’d be surprised at how agreeable our kids have been about it. The older your kids get, the easier this should be, just do a room clean and pinpoint stuff that they no longer play with or care about and ask if they’re willing to give it up.
If it’s in good shape, it can be a great lesson about giving to those who have less than they do. If it’s broken or in terrible shape, it should be even easier to discard. Last year I covered spring cleaning and five ways to get rid of stuff you don’t need. This is similar but might be slightly more aggressive with all the new stuff around.
How do you deal with the piles of stuff in your home?