Dec 102012

This weekend we dragged out every. single. toy our daughter owns. We matched and sorted and reorganized and threw away and donated. And we didn’t wait until she was asleep. The kiddo was there the whole time. Sure it took a little longer, but I was surprised how well she did. And it gave us a chance to talk with her about how blessed we are and how other families don’t always have the same opportunities.

With Christmas coming, it was nice to round up random puzzle pieces and to see everything she has in one place. We’ve already seen the benefits of limiting toys by rotating them. Limiting toys makes room for the good stuff: contentedness and creativity. Since Christmas inevitably brings more, a pre-Christmas purge is a great way to keep stuff from becoming the focal point of this season – and our lives.

Do you do a pre-Christmas purge? Any tips?

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  4 Responses to “Pre-Christmas Purge”

  1. We do! We also involve the boys in the purge process. They LOVE it! They have even gone with me to drop the toys off at Sav-A-Life. They love it!! Makes for great family time too!

  2. We don’t have too many toys, and we try to save some for the upcoming babies, so we don’t end up donating. But we do rotate, which seems to help keep our little guy’s interest. If however toys get to be too much, we will definitely be donating. I like the idea of not stressing toys/items too much during the holidays.

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