I know, it is October and people are already talking about the holidays. We know that the next few months will be a whirlwind of activity with parties, celebrations, gifts and memories.
Get a head start and get organized now so that you aren't overwhelmed with all of those toys/games/books/etc. I saw a phrase today that resonated with me- "don't just declutter- de-own"- an entire movement over on the "Becoming Minimalist" website- http://www.becomingminimalist.com/dont-just-declutter-de-own/
I had the pleasure of working with two awesome families over the past week- both families have 2 children under the age of 6, and both were swimming in "stuff". I was talking with one of the moms about letting go of stuff that is no longer useful or that the children don't enjoy. We talked about how moving things from her home would not only free up physical space but emotional space as well. She nailed it- by the time I left she had an entire wall lined up with toys that she was going to let go of. She was proud of her work, and so was I!
What to do with those things that you are letting go of? So many options- many of you are on Facebook groups for Moms in your area- take pics and post there. I suggested to this busy mom that she could host an "Toy Open House" to sell things- think garage sale, but not as labor intensive and the prices would be a little bit more because the items would be good quality. We also talked about finding a local Y or other after school program that would gladly accept gently used toys or dress up clothes.
This work is big work that you undertake when you let go of stuff- it isn't easy because of the emotional connection you may have to a toy, or maybe you feel obligated to keep it around because the gift giver would notice that it isn't there. Bottom line- your child enjoyed the toy/gift and now another child will benefit as well.
Contact me to schedule your session- booking for November now! firstname.lastname@example.org
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.