The holidays are a time of excess. There are feasts to devour, piles of presents to unwrap, and parties to attend, all in the name of celebrating. As we bid good-bye to the year gone by and prepare to welcome in the new, it’s easy to feel bloated from all that has been consumed in the past couple of months. Too much sugar bulks up the body, and an overload of new toys, clothes, and gadgets can strain the seams of household storage.
I tried to get a jump on this year’s expected Christmas bounty by having my three kids throw away toys they had outgrown or broke in early December. We went through their dressers and sorted clothes into donation or toss piles. They each willingly gave away several bags of possessions. I felt proud of them and accomplished in our family project.
Yet somehow, the days after Christmas still found my home overran with building blocks, dinosaur figurines, Magic Markers, knit gloves, and miniature race cars. So I am planning to Give Stuff Away: Round Two. The kids aren’t invited. They did such a good job of parting with their belongings during Round One, and I don’t want to push too hard. They’re only 7, 4, and 1, after all.
Instead, I will sneak more barely-used toys out of the house while they’re distracted with a movie. The only way to keep the clutter from overtaking the house is to be ruthless. This way, we can roll into 2020 focused on the new stuff and leave the old stuff in the past.