By now, many of you have already started shopping for the holidays and are probably wondering, “Where am I going to put all this stuff?” It can be pretty overwhelming when you bring more things into your home on top of the things you already have! I don’t know about you, but this time of year makes me want to clear things out…maybe it’s my way of getting rid of the old and getting ready for the new…new year, new opportunities, new stuff…
De-cluttering means taking a long, hard look at what stays and what goes. So…where to start? First of all, anything that is broken or is missing pieces is definitely ready to go, and probably taking up valuable space! It’s also a great opportunity to examine what still has meaning for your child. Is it something sacred or treasured? That favorite toy they always just HAVE to have with them when you go ANYWHERE…that’s probably going to stay.
When it comes to kids, you probably already know that getting rid of things or clearing the clutter can create some major control battles! Imagine what it would be like if someone came to your house and decided for you, what was important and what wasn’t. Your kids are probably going to feel the same way. Keeping those things that bring meaning to your lives and clearing it of things that have little or no meaning or value can really start to re-energize your kid’s space and their appreciation of the things they have.
And there’s one more thing you can do to de-clutter AND help teach them about abundance…ask your child if there is a toy or item that they know someone else would enjoy. Gently used toys and other items are greatly appreciated this time of year for families that may not have enough…when we share what we have, we create abundance in our own lives because what brought us joy can now bring joy to someone else…that’s a pretty powerful gift! This holiday season, take time to really savor your family and the joys that sharing with one another can bring!!
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