I absolutely love Christmas. I love everything about it.
From the lights, to the gifts, to the music. Give me all the Christmas.
But, nothing gives me more anxiety than walking into my kids’ rooms, seeing all their junk everywhere, and knowing I’m about to bring even more into the house in the form of gifts.
Purge, Purge, Purge. ‘Tis the season to purge their rooms in preparation for the big day!
This is easy in theory. It makes me giddy to think of getting rid of the clutter.
But, I know I’m going to have to get past my kids — who will miraculously decide they need to keep everything.
How To Purge The Junk Before Christmas
So, there are several ways to do this: Get your kids to help, or be a ninja parent, secretly deleting items from their room when they’re away.
You decide. Whichever is going to be easier and less stressful for you, do that.
I like to start by making piles: Keep, Donate, Throw Away.
Then, quickly go through their rooms, and separate the items into the three piles.
There is one rule. If you put it in the “keep” pile, it HAS to have a home. Put it away.
If you have items going in the “throw away” pile, put the items directly into a trash bag. Physically walk the bag to the trashcan when you are done.
Then there is the “donate” pile.
Know in advance where you are going to donate the items. Put the items directly into a box that you will then take to the donation center.
Where To Donate Your Kids’ Toys
There are a plethora of places you can choose to donate your items to.
We have a church in town that takes clothes, toys, and other items, and directly passes them out to people in need.
You can also choose to take your items to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or another thrift store in the area.
I like to donate to the “mom and pop” thrift stores. They seem to appreciate the items more.
For items that are bigger or in really good condition, you might want to consider listing them on Facebook Marketplace.
You simply take pictures of the item, put in a description and price, and then let the Facebooks do the work.
Make sure you plan your meetup in a public area with lots of people and lighting.
Then, sit back and enjoy the holiday season knowing that, although more stuff is coming into the house, you have made room.