Usually we do the pre christmas declutter about now. Well, I end up dragging the contents of the downstairs large toy cupboard out, try and chuck away rubbish and charity shop a few bits and pieces. This Sat, the kids were bored so I told them to do it. Wow! Up til recently they've been really against getting rid of things and usually they end up playing with stuff they haven't seen for ages instead of clearing. THey were ruthless I tell you, RUTHLESS! The 8 y old (most of the cupboard is hers as her room is much smaller than her sister's) was happily binning lots of things.
And today I started on her room. SHe happily consigned all her 'baby' and 'little girl' toys to the charity shop. 6 bin bags worth - from a box-room sized bedroom! And afterwards, she was happy and proud of how clean and tidy her room looked. As a reward I bought her a set of LED fairy lights and hung them under her mid-height bed so there is plenty of light to sit under her bed on the dark evenings to read or play with her remaining toys.
Gone is the cry of "there won't be room for new Christmas toys at this rate" that is usually employed at this time of year when they aren't keen to part with any of the detritus that builds up in their rooms.
Now, if I can only find the trick to tackle DD1's attachment to her millions of pages of papers that are vitally important and anything remotely reltaed to Doctor Who then it will be a highly successful week!