So maybe you're not ready to put up the tree quite yet but I bet you're starting to think about the holidays. For most of us, with the holidays comes the exchange of gifts. Particularily with kids sometimes space for those gifts can be a challenge. Here are a few ideas to help make room for the holidays.
1. Go through all the clothes, coats, boots, hats, mitts, etc. There are several places that can use these items. Salvation Army runs a warm coat program for those less fortunate. What a great way to get rid of a coat that's not being used! www.salvationarmy.com
2. Go through the kid's rooms with the kids. You can encourage them to donate the stuff they don't play with anymore to another child less fortunate. In my expereince Women's shelters have been very happy to have gently used donations. TIP- you need to call a shelter to schedule a drop off. www.shelterlondon.org (London's women's house) www.ywcakw.on.ca (one of Kitchener's women's shelters)
3. As your pulling out the holiday music and movies skim through your collections. Anything there you're not into anymore or that the kids have grown out of? Consider selling it, or trading something old for something new! The Beat Goes On is a store that buys and sells second hand music, movies and games. They have stores located in Brantford, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Guelph, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, London, and online. www.thebeatgoeson.com
4. Sports equipement- look to trade in or sell to places like Play It Again Sports (several locations throughout ON). I love this, particularily for kids. They grow so fast and you sometimes don't want to invest a lot of money into something, epecially if they haven't tried it before. A great way to get the old stuff out of the basement!
5. Finally when you start pulling out those decorations have a good look at them. If you haven't used them for several years, if they are not sentimental, or they are broken maybe it's time to set them free. They are just taking up space for 12 months of the year :)
These are just a few ideas but I hope they help!