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Annoyed  by "after Christmas" Clutter?
Adorable 8 and 10 year olds share their secrets

It's that time a year again!  Enjoying family and friends, sipping hot chocolate and keeping toasty near a cozy fire.  There's great anticipation as we wait to open all the presents under the tree. The holiday season is my favorite time of year.

But then...
Before you know it, the New Year hits.
You look around and realize that your living room has been hit by the "toy tornado."  What's worse, is that you don't have anywhere to put your kids' new loot.

So to transition into a calmer New Year, I asked my kids what advice they would give you and this is what they said:

James - my 8 year old - said to "Give away old toys"

                There are so many great charities that accept toy donations.  You can also pass toys on to friends and family.  If you don’t know anyone in particular, you can give them away using Freecycle or other online groups.

Abbe - my 10 year old - said to "Put them in the attic"
                That's our toy rotation zone.  Toys end up in our attic for a while and then get rotated back down to the playroom. Everytime we bring a box of toys down, it's like Christmas again!  How cool is that.  If you don’t have an attic, you can use under-bed storage or box them up and store them up on a high shelf.  If they don’t make it make down after a certain period of time, that's your sign it's time to give them away .
Aren't they cute ;)
3 Tips from their mom (a professional organizer)

   1. Give your kids a big box (about the size of their new loot).  Ask your kids to pick out toys that they could "share with other boys and girls" - aka donate to Good Will or their charities.
   2. Ask for experiences instead of presents – especially if your kids are young.  Ask for donations into their college fund, tickets, lessons, or gift certificates.  They don't take up much space, but can offer great fun! The giver could even take your child (a present to you, too - aka babysitting) to see a play, movie or watch them jump in a bounce house!
   3. Wait until after Christmas and then give them the box.  After the holiday, it may be easier to give away old toys to make room for the new - aka we know sometimes sharing is hard.

Hope you found this helpful.  Feel fee to share your ideas on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  


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