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Get Ready for the Chiristmas Influx of Gifts

Christmas is right around the corner, and everyone’s excited about the holidays and the gifts that may be waiting under the tree. With so many wonderful goodies waiting to move into the home, it’s time to get rid of some of the old stuff. The challenge for many families is deciding what they’ll get rid of and when.  Well, here’s a few ideas that just may inspire you.

 The Toy Exchange
This is a fantastic opportunity to teach your kids how to purge. Talk to them about the holidays and that there will likely be new toys and other items coming in. Tell them that it’s time to make room for the treasures by getting rid of some old stuff, and then have them help you sort through the toys to decide what they want to send off to charity or the trash bin.

If your child feels overwhelmed by this task, then start with the obvious choices. Purge any toys that are broken or missing parts. Consider how long it’s been since your son or daughter played with a certain toy. Things that have been outgrown can be sent to charity thrift stores, and the broken items can be tossed in the trash.

Focus on the Closets
Quite often, it’s the hidden areas that fill up first. When you clear out the closets, you’ll more space to move around and store your new favorite items. Cleaning out closets is easier than you think. With clothes, just ask yourself if you’ve worn it in the last year.  What happened the last time you put it on?  Did you take it off because the color wasn’t quite right? Maybe it felt a little tight around the neck.  Take that shirt and toss it in the donation bag. Do the same thing with your kids. Tell them that your feelings won’t be hurt by any of the clothes they decide to get rid of, and encourage them to purge that closet.

The other storage closets can be a little tricky, but there’s an easy way to get rid of the excess items.  Start by grabbing a small portable table, your trash can, and a donation box. Remove items from the closet starting at the top shelf. If you think it’s worth keeping, then put it on the table. Otherwise, decide if it should go in the trash or to donation. Once the “keep” items are on the table, you can easily see how many duplicates you have and get rid of those. Before long, you’ll have more storage space in your closets and less junk throughout the house.

Get Creative with Disposal
You don’t have to send those unwanted items to the garbage. Places like Salvation Army are happy to take your extra serving platters, kitchen accessories, and bedding that’s in good condition. Call your local homeless shelter to see if they can use any clothing or shoes that are still in great shape. If you have items that are in really good condition and you feel like they can be sold, then get them listed with apps like Let It Go and Offer Up. Finally, think twice before throwing away any bedding that’s a little worn or stained. While the charities may not want this, animal shelters can use those old towels, sheets and blankets!  Call the APL in your city to find out how you can go about making donations.

The holidays are almost here, and you can start the new year off right with a clean home. Here at JDog, we work in all kinds of weather, so the ice and snow don’t slow us down too much. If you need help getting rid of the old stuff so that you have room for the new, then give us a call today for your free, on-site consultation.