Santa came, school was out and the kids were stuck inside because of the cold! The piles of new goodies and old favorites, as well as laundry, that started in the kids rooms now consumes your whole house. You may be starting to feel the need for a purge! For some kids (and parents) it may be tough to separate from those prized possessions. Here are a few tips to make the process a little easier.
- Bin there, done that. Purchase bins or containers and sort toys in categories. But remember size matters. Smaller toys and accessories should go into smaller containers. Most department stores have huge discounts and sales on large storage tubs after the holidays.
- It’s better to give than receive. Remind kids the true reason for the season. Explain clearing out some of the things they no longer play with or wear can be donated to children in need. Many charities and child centers will take gently used items and make sure they get a new life.
- Put the play in the playroom. The purpose of a playroom is to play, not store toys. Too many items can be overwhelming for everyone and actually discourage kids from having a good time in the area designated for just that. Reminding children of the space limitations and how the clutter can impact it may be enough encouragement for a purge.
- Less is more. Kids should know they don’t need a pile of toys and games to be happy. Teaching children about needs over wants can help make the purging process easier. The less they have the more they’ll appreciate the items on hand.
- Sing a song. When it was time to pick up around the house we always sang the song “It’s cleanup time, put all your toys away. It’s cleanup time.” Our kids got into this and sang along as they were picking up Legos, action figures and puzzle pieces. The song and the process of cleaning up actually becomes a fun adventure for little ones.
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