Want to clear the clutter from your home, teach your kids great habits, and encourage gratitude in your home? Start this new holiday tradition.
- Set a day on the calendar for “making room” and be sure that each person or child you want involved will have time free that day. This can be a good activity the day after Thanksgiving as a way to reflect on the meaning of gratitude, or chose a day closer to Christmas as the kids are getting more and more excited about the new toys they want.
- On the given day, start off by reading “Too Many Toys” by David Shannon. It’s a great way to help kids relate to and understand the idea without any lecturing.
- Set a timer. Adjust the time based on how much you want to declutter. Older kids and adults can probably handle an hour or two, but with younger kids, limit the time to thirty minutes.
- Set the example by choosing some number of things from your own closet, craftroom, or storage area to give away.
- Have the kids choose the things they are ready to give away (you can determine how many items that should be).
- Then let the kids celebrate by making up their Christmas wish list.
This should be a time for appreciating gifts from the past, and for learning that generosity returns only to those who are generous. By making this an annual ritual you will not only keep the clutter down in your home, but also help teach the kids, and reminds yourself, of the importance of generosity and gratitude.