Christmas is fun especially for children. I loved watching my daughter open one gift after another, her eyes full of awe and excitement with each and every one. All throughout the week, she has been happily playing with all her new toys. I am so grateful to all our family and friends who showered her with so much presents this year. Thank you Lolas, Lolos, Titas, Titos, Ninangs and Ninongs… you know who you all are. J But with all the new toys in the house, it’s time for “Organized Catherine” to put back some order!
So yesterday, when I joined my mom and dad for lunch at the mall, we decided to look at possible new storage containers to organize and make room for Franzea’s new toys.
If you are a parent, you probably understand the dilemma of post-holiday gift clutter. Now that it’s time to look past the clutter of Christmas Past, I’d like to share two rules that I live by:
1. GET ONE, GIVE ONE
For every new doll, new art set, new stuffed animal, I try to convince my daughter to let go of one that she has outgrown. I tell her that we need to either donate or throw them away (if they really look old and dirty) to make space for new ones. This is actually the best time to ask kids to let go of old toys because their focus is on all the new toys that they got for Christmas.
2. GIVE EACH TOY A HOME
Make sure that each doll, art set, stuffed animal and anything else that you child plays with has a clear and permanent place in her room. I like sorting them in different plastic bins so that packing away at the end of each day is easy and you can find anything quickly.
CLUTTER? Chances are your closet is full of it! So as the New Year starts, it is also time to start eliminating messy habits by tackling your wardrobe with these tips!
1. Get Your Mind In Order
Before de-cluttering, make sure you that feel relaxed and open. I totally understand that letting go is not an easy task. So do this during a time when you don’t have anything else scheduled and your focus will not be distracted by anything else. Go ahead and play some music even. It’s time to tell yourself, “Less is more.”
2. Judgement Time
You may have saved some big boxes over Christmas. Get 2 big ones out and label them “THROW” and “DONATE”. Trash bags are okay to use too. Once you have them, it’s time to go through your closet’s contents one by one. Pile the ones you want to keep on the bed and as soon as you come across an item that you need to throw or want to donate, put it in one of these boxes.
But what about all those items that you are unsure of because you might want to use them some day? Well, the rule of thumb is if you have not used it for over a year, it’s time to discard it. By the time that purple skirt or lace top becomes fashionable again, it will probably be tweaked and it won’t be exactly the same. So…just…let…go.
3. Boxes and Bins
For smaller or irregularly shaped items, you can put these in different boxes and bins. Socks can be in one bin, hair accessories in another. Sweaters and bulky clothes can also be placed in plastic containers to keep them compact. Just make sure you label all boxes and bins so you don’t forget what’s inside. Keeping items this way will help increase storage space.