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.