This is a cleanse for your house not you body, I just wanted to get that out there right away to avoid confusion. Why Christmas time? Christmas is a great time to purge the unwanted items from your life because you can give all the items to charity which will help someone else have a Merry Christmas. Plus getting rid of stuff is not as hard when you think that you will soon have new items to replace what you are giving away (this is particularly true with children’s toys).
I would start in your closet and remove any clothing that you haven’t worn in a year along with anything that is too big or too small. Move from your closet to your kids and if you haven’t put away out of season clothes yet this would be a great time to do so. Let your children choose a few items that they no longer wear to give away. Take the time to explain to them why it is nice to give away the items that you no longer want instead of just throwing them in the trash. Move from clothes to the rest of your house remove anything that is broken I know you think you might get around to fixing it but be honest with yourself do you really have the time, energy, ext.? I would save the kids toys for last.
Now that you’ve done the rest of the house lets tackle the children’s toys. Start by reminding the Children how many gifts they got the previous year and that they need to make room for the gift they will receive this year. Explain to the children that by giving their toys to charity they will help someone else have a better Christmas. Go slow and let the children lead, if they are not ready to get rid of something you think they should just wait and give them time to come to that conclusion on their own. Once your child has decided to give something away make it disappear quickly so they are not tempted to change their mind. If they ask about that toy in the future remind them of what a good decision it was to give it away and that some other child it now loving and playing with that toy.
Of course leading by example is the best way to help your child let go of excess things, it is hard to explain to a child that they should give away their toys if you hang on to everything. Good luck and I hope your Christmas Cleanse goes well. Leave us a comment and let us know how this article helped or didn’t help. If you have some tips that you want to share comment on this article and we will make sure to share them with our readers.