Every parent dreads having a cluttered house full of toys, books and clothes sprawled all over, especially if you have young children. There are a few times of the year where it can’t be helped, such as special holidays (Eid, Christmas) and birthdays. The key is managing the “stuff” and rotating toys so every toy has an equal chance of being loved by your toddler .
Little Mister & Little Missy just turned two in December, and with that came lots of love and presents. It looked like Santa was storing presents for the whole neighbourhood in our living room!
After their birthday party, when we were ready to open all the gifts, I thought about how best to make this into a fun activity. First I’d get Lil M&M to bring a gift from the pile which they happily did. Then we opened up each card first and read them out loud. Their attention span was short for this activity, so had to make it quick. Next, I showed them how to open (rip) the wrapping paper off or pull the tissue paper out of the gift bags. And of course if the gift was a toy, they wanted to play with it right away!
Some of the toys could be explored while still in the box so that meant I could set those aside for the “rotation pile”.
And so on and on it went until every gift was opened. Next came the job of cleaning up the tissue paper, glitter, cards, envelopes, gift bags and wrapping paper. I quickly set aside the items for recycling into a pile and got lil M&M to help me pick it up and take over to our very exciting kitchen recycling station. (they love to stand on the push pedal that magically opens the recycling bins)
About half the toys were placed in a Rubbermaid container for later use. Those toys will make an appearance again over the winter when our toddlers are stuck inside and need something new to play with.