The best part about Christmas, for most kids, is all the presents. It’s fun to see their faces light up with excitement as they open their gifts, but it’s also totally normal to feel a little overwhelmed by it all, too. Even in your gratitude you might be wondering how in the world you’re going to fit everything into your house and how to manage Christmas clutter!
You can control your own spending, but there still might inevitably be those family members or friends who want to give lots of gifts. Here are a few things you can do to manage Christmas clutter and prepare for all of the new goodies that Santa is about to deliver.
If your family is one that makes (and abides by) Christmas lists, keep yours and your children’s short and simple with some high quality, practical items. For example, thick, cozy socks or a sturdy, wooden cutting board. Kids could use clothes or shoes for next spring. Try to think of things that serve a purpose, but that that you normally might not elect to spend the extra money on.
It’s also helpful to ask for items that can be used for a time and then recycled or consumed. This could be items like high-quality beauty products or locally made artisan foods. Kids can request activities like art supplies or a baking starter kit. Memberships and lessons, like music lessons, are another great gift idea.
Clear out some of your unworn clothing or your children’s old toys in order to make space for the new ones. This can be done before or after the holidays. You can donate them or share them with friends. If you aren’t sure about totally getting rid of an item, you can store it in the attic or in a closet for a couple months and see if anyone misses it, then make your decision.
You don’t have to put all of the new toys out in the kids’ rooms at once. You can have their toys on a toy rotation, storing some in the closet or the attic and switching them out every few weeks. This will spark even more excitement and joy throughout the year, and you won’t have to worry about kids losing interest and getting bored. It also will make things easier to clean up since there won’t be so much out at one time.
Sometimes you just don’t have the space in your house for certain items. One solution is to ask local grandparents if you can keep a few toys at their house for when your kids come to play. This way your children still get to enjoy their gifts, and the gift-givers (the grandparents) even get to see them play with them!
Many people like to show their love by giving gifts, and it’s surely a blessing if you are in a position to extend or receive such generosity. Don’t focus too much on how to manage Christmas clutter. Ultimately, focus on your relationships and be grateful to have people who love you — that’s truly what Christmas is all about!