I know, I know, it seems too early to be talking about the holidays but whether we want to admit it or not, Christmas will be here before we know it. Rather than live in denial, why not get started now with a few projects that I promise will help you have a more peaceful holiday.
My favorite way to start prepping for the holidays is with a toy purge. I recommend doing this with your child. I can imagine you're thinking, "But they will want to keep everything!" It may be true that they will want to hold on to more than you would like, but I think it's worth it. Kids have a lifetime of dealing with "stuff" ahead of them and this is a great time for them to start to learn how to manage it all. I also believe that having kids go through their toys with you helps them develop a healthy attachment to "stuff." If you do the purge without them they may hold more tightly to what is left because they worry that it too will vanish without warning sometime in the future.
It takes practice, but as I've done this with my kids through the years they've gotten better at realizing what they no longer like or use and each time we do this they have an easier time letting go of unused items. The picture attached to this post is our pile of things to donate after last year's pre-holiday toy purge.
There are many reasons to get rid of unused items, but this time of year a toy purge accomplishes two things. It helps you and your kids see what they have and what types of things they are currently enjoying which helps with making Christmas wish lists and it makes room for the new toys that they will get for Christmas.
If you need more ideas for helping your kids to learn to let go of things, or if you'd like some help with a pre-holiday toy purge in your home please feel free to give me a call or send me a message. I'd love to help you prep for a peaceful holiday season!