Tackle It Tuesday: The Pre-Christmas Clean Up!

by Jennifer Banks

Tackle It Tuesday

Every year at Christmas time, my house is bombarded with packages and toys. Deliveries non stop. It is the time for new treasures for my kids to fall in love with, and falling out of love with the things from the year past.

I have made it a tradition in my home to go through, room by room, and sort what lives there, what things need to get packed away, and many things end up donated. Sometimes I feel shameful of all ‘things’ I have but have absolutely no use for.

This weekend I tackled both my kids rooms. My youngest boy has many, many toys… none of which he is truly in love with. So some that were in really great shape, I packed up to store away for a rainy day.

When you’re three, it’s exciting to see an old toy come out of storage on a day when you’re stuck in the house. Others were taken to be donated… and a few that just didn’t survive the wrath of my kids ended up recycled or trashed.


Every single time I do this toy purge, the Toy Story movies pop in my head… I find it very, very difficult to just toss away toys. I always try to find someone else who will love them.

My oldest boy isn’t much for toys anymore. He’s only seven and when I was a kid, seven-year-olds still played with dinky cars and RC cars. Not mine though.

My boy loves paper, colored pencils, markers, books and video games. I guess I shoudn’t really complain. He’s very creative, and craft supplies are not expensive. Aside from the video games he asked for, my boy only wants colored pencils for Christmas.

So now that their rooms are ready for the new treasures that Santa will bring them in just a few weeks, their job is to keep them clean! (HA!!!) And I only have seven rooms left to purge. Wish me luck!

How do you get ready for all the new ‘stuff’ the holidays bring?

What did you tackle this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began. The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.





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Though I was born Jennifer, please don't call me that. It makes me feel like I am in trouble. Just call me Jen. Or @Jen_Banks if you are looking for me on Twitter. I am the mother of two insanely loud and active boys - 7 and 2.5 - who keep me hopping from morning 'til night. For nearly five years I've written at my blog, A Busy Mommy, about my life as a mom, milestones for my boys, and everything else in between. You can also find my posts on FisherPricePlay.ca, and I have recently taken on the Tackle It Tuesday column for 5MinutesforMom.com.

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1 Jill Robson December 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

Jennifer, i do the same thing every year before my son’s birthday and christmas. It’s funny you mention Toy Story as we watched it on the weekend. I am glad my son (11) is able to differentiate between what is animation and what are just toys, or we could be in big trouble.lol. Good luck with the rest of your pre christmas purge, you will be thankful for it later. My tackle today is to still get pre christmas prep done with a sick child at home!

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