Got more than you anticipated dealing with in terms of all the "stuff" you've accumulated this holiday season? Well when you really put it into perspective, what a nice problem to have considering those who did not receive or are less fortunate right? This said, making room for new toys and clothes after Christmas doesn't have to be a drag. I know I thought I had prepared before Christmas for all of the extra items that I knew would be coming into my household. Don't get me wrong, I am so very thankful for all of the gifts my kids received and they got a lot of things that they really needed, however I simply don't have enough room for all of their "stuff". They still have things from last year that are in good condition. I wouldn't feel right just tossing them and they are items that I no longer have use for.
So what now? I don't want to just keep stuff and let them collect dust just because they are things in good condition. Some sorting and organizing is definitely in order here, but I need to get rid of all the extra stuff first as many of you. What's working for me is dividing the garbage from the donate-able (I totally made up that word, but you get me right?) type items and then putting all of that donate worthy stuff aside in the garage to tackle when I'm ready. I just used big garbage bags to sort stuff out in a way that I can manage. Now I'm able to get things organized inside and I'm feeling a lot less stressed and actually good about giving to others.
I think giving is a great lesson for my kids too. I want them to know that it is always good to give to those in need when you truly can as we could be in the very same situation. Nothing we have is promised. That's why I'm taking this opportunity to include them in the process. So far I've been very honest with them about what I'm doing with their old toys and they even started helping me and saying things like "Mom, I really like this doll, but I don't need it anymore and I think another little girl might really like it." Then I hear my other daughter chime in with something like "Yeah, cause it might be her only toy right?" Lets hope they don't have and regrets later from missing those toys...lol.
Sometimes it can take some effort to find the best way and place to donate your stuff. Don't let that stop you from making it happen. It'll be worth it and you will feel so glad you did it. There are even organizations that will pick stuff up that you leave on the curb right outside your home so just consider taking the time to give rather than simply dumping your stuff in the trash. As the saying goes, one family's junk is another family's treasure.
Anyway, you can totally just search the web for some local spots in your area. Also, here are some helpful resource links for you if you'd like some specific ideas for where to donate and how to make room for all of that new stuff if you want to do some giving as you make room in your home!
Happy giving and happy cleaning!