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Are We There Yet?

The annual purge

Last spring, we made several trips to the dump (the Waste-to-Energy plant, I should say), gave away clothes that the kids had outgrown and donated toys and other items to the Arc of Spokane.

But here we are again – overwhelmed with stuff, especially toys. My children and I have spent the morning making three piles: 1) to give away; 2) to keep and 3) to maybe keep or at least stash away until we’re ready to part with them.

After the holidays and each birthday party, I put away half the presents (once they’re opened, of course) and slowly take them out as the other toys lose their novelty.

Our “give away” pile is very small right now. Some stuffed animals that were there this morning somehow find their way back into the shelves or in the “keep” pile. The kids’ bedroom is a mess. We’ve accomplished very little in the last few hours.

What do you do at your house? Do you try to purge as a family or is it better to sneak stuff out little by little? Any tips to keep your household from being overwhelmed with stuff?

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