Preparing For the Holidays
Gauge ahead of time what you’re child is regularly playing with. Is it something they love? Is it a staple toy they can use for years that you really want to keep? After the holidays, purge their toys so the new toys REPLACE the old toys instead of accumulating stuff.
Take an inventory every 3 months to regularly donate things that are not being used or loved.
If you don’t love the clothing your small child has received, like you don’t think you’re going to actually put them in that item of clothing, return, exchange, or donate it immediately. OR re-gift it!
Stock up on your kids clothes in the next sizes up during the end of season clearance. Then wash and store it! It will make your life so much easier.
Natural decor: things that are compostable or bio-degradeable. It also reduces what you have to store. It helps create the seasonal feel you hope for.
I you don’t see yourself keeping the plastic decoration piece for years, it may not be worth storing after the season.
Preparing your heart
You are in control of your time, not your extended family. You are not obliged to please friends and extended family. You can make choices based on what’s best for your nuclear family.
Take a few minutes to journal: Why do I feel obligated to please this person? What is the significance of this gift?
Approach the holidays according to your value system. The joy of giving comes from expressing love in a way that is meaningful to you.
Idea: a gift framework. For example, buying experiences; play tickets. Or “something to wear, something to read, something you want and something you need.”
Holiday gift guide coming November 1
Preparing your wallet
Go into the holiday season with a plan to avoid going into debt. Decide how much you’re willing to spend ahead of time.
Buying online can help avoid impulse buys in shopping lines.
Book recommendation:”The soul of money” by Lynne Twist