If you’re like me, the holidays went far too quickly and gifts are still scattered under the drying Christmas tree (that’s definitely coming down this weekend).
But back to those presents. When the fun of wrapping and unwrapping is over, the paper has been recycled, extra bows boxed up for next year, and the items for immediate use put away, there’s always a remaining pile of goodies that need a home.
But who has time to think about what to do with these gifts? Finding homes for presents can be challenging, so I’m here to make the task easier for you!
This year I celebrated Christmas with a baby for the first time, which was delightful, but keeping up with a 4 month old is time consuming and I only have small pockets of time for housekeeping. Now, I also have to find homes for his presents as well as my own… I’m not complaining(!) as I love gift giving, this just means less time, more put-away.
Finding Homes for Presents Tip
Are you also short on time to put the gifts away? Tip #1: grab a couple of empty boxes or baskets and group items for each room of the house into their own box. When you have a few spare minutes grab one box and head to the room where those items will belong. If the item replaces something old, put the old item in the box for donating or tossing.
It might take a week to get through all the boxes, but then you’ll be done! Breaking down the task of finding homes for new presents, from one to ninety-two items, makes it manageable.
Finding Present Homes with Kids
Tip #2: If you have kids, engage them in this process. They’ll be glad to know where to find their new toys. This also will make your life easier when they don’t have to ask over and over where their new whatcha-ma-gadget is located.
Don’t forget. The same trade-out idea applies to kids items, too. If a gift is something they already have, consider replacing, rather than adding-to their collection of toys or clothes. As long as the older item is still in functional or nice condition talk through what it would be like to donate the item(s) with each child.
Set A Deadline for the Present Win
Tip #3: If you find the baskets or boxes with new items are still sitting around, give yourself a deadline to get it done. You’ll also want to give yourself a reward for completing the project by the deadline!
Have any tips for finding homes for presents? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Still stuck and need help getting this done? Let’s talk!