Cleaning Up the Christmas Clutter

Cleaning Up the Christmas Clutter

If you have a child, your house is full of junk. Precious, irreplaceable toys to them; clutter to us. My two-year-old got into it this year. The whole nine: Baby Jesus, Santa, presents, Frosty, everything.
We marched down the stairs Christmas morning and 10 minutes later, the hurricane passed and I couldn’t find him under the piles. There is now a precarious path leading through our living room and I have impaled myself on enough trucks to last a lifetime.
My plan of attack to get my house back under control (in a perfect world where children allow you to get things done) is as follows:

  1. Go through old toys and throw out broken pieces, pack up toys your child has grown out of but you want to save, and donate the rest. 
  2. Don’t hold on to duplicate gifts. My son got three fire trucks that light up and make noise. Add the extras to the donate pile.
  3. Take the time to reorganize your toy storage (or organize for the first time if you’re like me). Get some bins, maybe go nuts and get a label maker and clean up the clutter. Having a home for everything will also make it easier for your child to pick up after himself. And wouldn’t that be a great way to start the New Year? Maybe in that perfect world I was talking about earlier…


  1. This is a good start, and you have probably noticed that your child really only plays with 3 or 4 different toys on a given afternoon. (They throw around a lot more.)

    I built a toy cabinet for my grandson that has a “home” for each toy, has acrylic doors so he can see each toy and, most important, has an interlock mechanism so that he MUST PUT ONE TOY BACK before he can get out another one. That completely eliminated toy clutter (except on Christmas day). Now that he is a little older, he appreciates when neighborhood kids come over that they can get only one of his car models out at a time and can’t bang them together.

    You can see a video at my website.


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