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…