It doesn't take long for holiday treasures to end up strewn all over our house. I find myself bellowing that familiar Yuletide refrain — "Hey, get in here and pick up your stuff!" The following ideas, however, have helped us minimize the post-Christmas clutter:
- Clean alongside them. As I teach my kids how to fold, organize and put away new things, I use that time to connect: "What got you interested in Mega Surfers?" or "Wow, I remember when you could fit in pants half this size. You're getting so tall!"
- Clean to bless others. My wife, Julia, teams up with our kids to go through old toys, or even new ones, that they can give to less fortunate kids. The transforming robot may have lost its luster in my son's eyes, but the robot could shine brightly again in the hands of another youngster.
- Give grace. Teaching my kids to take charge of their own messes has been a fa-la-la-la-long process, so it's helpful to remind myself to be patient, stay positive and give the gift of grace this Christmas season and throughout the year.
This article appeared in the December 2013 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2013 by Clem Boyd. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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