Christmas is often equal with lots of new stuff being brought into the home, and living with two kids in a small apartment that can be a bit of a space problem. So I always try to set away a single day for sorting through our stuff to find the things that can be donated or should be tossed.
I think it’s good for the kids to know their old toys and clothes can be useful, so we bring it to a local charity shop that help low income parents.
And, Christmas is the perfect reason to go through those old boxes and find the stuff you never use. Because let’s be honest. Do I really need 10 pair of high heels when I can only wear sneakers? Do I really need to keep these very dusty notebooks that I haven’t looked at for years?
And while it sometimes feels a bit hard throwing the stuff out, I always feel so much lighter when the clutter is gone (even the hidden clutter).
I always use the same method with both me and the kids.
Remove the easy stuff first: so the broken, stained, ruined stuff. All the things that are trash.
Divide the rest into three piles:
Put all the donate stuff into a box then go to the maybe pile.
Look at each thing and ask yourself why you’re keeping it. My aim is always to have about 70% of the maybe pile in the donate box when done.
Then go through the keep pile. Odds are a few things will end in the donate box once you’ve gotten through the maybe pile and are in the groove.
Then we bag it all up and go donate it and we’re ready for Christmas to arrive. And it feels great to greet the new year mostly clutter free.
Do you do a donate “run” before Christmas?