If your house is like many with young children, you have TONS of dress up gear- fireman hats, princess dresses, construction tools, and everything in between!
When there are so many choices, it can be overwhelming, so limit the choices!
* Take 5 or 6 dress up items (doctor lab coat, dress, safety vest, firefighter coat..) and hang them on a bar low enough for children to reach. If you don't have a dedicated rack/wardrobe, hang 5 hooks on the wall and hang each item on its own hook.
* Gather all of the plastic shoes/necklaces/tiarras/hats/accessories and match them with the five items that are hanging up. Store the other items in a clear box, and try to keep similar things together. Label the items in the box.
* Don't be afraid to donate your dress up gear- there are so many children in your city who don't have the opportunity to play dress up. Find a charity or early childhood program that could use some gently used gear.
* Change the items out as you notice your child not engaging with them, and continue to be mindful of buying more "stuff".
* We try to follow the 1:1 rule in our home. If a new toy/game comes into the house, then one will be donated.
Let me help you get ready for the Holidays- Two 90 minute sessions for $100. I will even take your donated items to St. Vincent and give you your donation receipt for tax purposes.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.