Ahhh, organization. I have pulled out everything from the kids’ toy closet, sorted through it, and put back only what they still use. The disorganization and overflow of this closet has been annoying me for a while, so it feels good to finally get it sorted and cleaned. My favorite part is that now all of their toys are grouped and stored in trendy woven baskets. I love that. But what I really love is that everything has a place, so when there is a seemingly random stray toy (or several) in one (or every) room of the house, it will be easy (for the kids) to pick it up and put it where it belongs. We are optimistic.
The best part of cleaning out the closet is now we have a huge box of no-longer-played-with-but-still-in-good-condition toys to give to a local shelter. The kids and I also went to the store to add some new toys to the box, as well as some necessities like sheets, towels, and pillows. Elia definitely has an easier time picking out toys to give away than JJ does, but he still was able to choose something. I think Elia is really capable of putting herself in someone else’s shoes, and understanding how she might help them. I was impressed and proud that she was able to look up and down the toy aisles and consider what other children would like to have if they couldn’t buy it themselves.
We plan to do this every season. This time of year is the perfect time to clean out closets and rooms (Christmas decor and clutter is everywhere, and I just want things NEAT again!), but mostly to demonstrate unconditional giving and kindness toward others. And while our kids have an initially hard time selecting their own toys to give away, they easily enjoy choosing new toys for other families, and they embrace the idea that they can help other kids who need it. Either that, or they just like an excuse to shop the toy aisles at Target!