As I’ve mentioned, we try to keep our Christmas gift lists pared down to just three or four per kid. Still, multiply 3-4 gifts times five kids, plus the stuff they get from relatives, and you’re looking at quite a toy increase. Here’s how I work against getting buried in “stuff”:
The Pre-Christmas Purge: I’m getting ready to engage in my yearly ritual of Getting Rid Of Stuff To Make Room For New Stuff. Anything with parts we can’t locate is outta here. Anything nobody ever plays with either gets given to Goodwill or boxed up to be taken out for a younger sibling later.
Buy Selectively. Toys with lots of small parts or those that take up a lot of space? Sure, they make it into the house sometimes, but I look at each one with a critical eye first: is the amount of clean-up the toy will cause, or the space it will take up, worth the fun or creativity the toy will inspire?
Keep It Out In The Open. We have a low table covered in Lego in the upstairs movie-slash-rec room, and Clara’s dollies and dress-up clothes are in her room, but besides that, almost all of our toys are right out in the living room. I feel like this keeps me honest with myself about how much stuff the kids have, and also makes it a lot easier to stay on top of keeping them organized and pared-down.
That brings me to the giveaway part of this post!! A few months ago Scout by Bungalow got in touch and asked if I’d like to try out a few of their products. I already knew I loved their bags, but hadn’t seen the collection of bins and other storage containers – however, one look at them and I said “yes, please!” Originally I had planned to use the Junque Trunk (pictured above) as an upgrade for our indoor recycling, but when it got to my house I knew it had to have a better chance to shine. So now it’s right out in the living room as extra toy storage (it’s a nice size, so it holds larger stuffed animals and foam swords easily.)
Scout by Bungalow is going to send one of you a sturdy canvas Junque Trunk, too. Use it in your child’s room, in your pantry, or to hold holiday decorations. It folds down for easy moving/storing and can be wiped clean. Actually, I’m thinking of adding another one to my Christmas list.
Here are the giveaway details:
- One winner, chosen at random, will win a Junque Trunk in your choice of color/pattern (may be limited due to availability)
- Contest open to residents of the United States only
- To enter, simply leave a comment with a valid email address (in the email field, not in the body of the comment.) I’d love to hear YOUR toy-management strategy!
For up to 3 extra entries:
- Tweet about the contest, then leave an additional comment letting me know you did
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Contest will close at 1:05 PM EST on Saturday, December 3. Winner will be selected randomly using the “And The Winner Is” WordPress plugin and published on The Happiest Mom by Sunday, December 4.
All entries will automatically be included in this weekend’s drawing for a Motorola Droid Razr!
To welcome the holiday season, I’m giving gifts away for six days with a great grand prize drawn from all entries – a Droid Razr! Check out the intro post for more details, Day 1 for a chance to win a $25 iTunes gift card, Day 2 for a chance to win $25 to help your kids save money, Day 3 for a chance to win a super-cute wooden play kitchen and Day 4 for a chance to win a keepsake Hallmark ornament. And tomorrow, I’ll give you all one more shot to enter to win the grand, cumulative prize – the Motorola Droid Razr.