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We’ve all seen the aftermath of a frenzy of present unwrapping. Be it with birthdays or other special occasions, a frenzy can turn the neatest of living spaces into a hamster-cage like space, filled with shredded paper. Here is how I handle cleaning up:
If you know it’s coming, prepare. I collect supplies near to where the frenzy will take place. My basic supplies are as follows:
- A large gift bag. I take this from my stash of gift bags, and use it to hold other gift bags that can be reused.
- A small gift bag. I use this to corral any ribbons that can be reused.
- A paper grocery bag. This is to hold anything that can be recycled. If the frenzy is likely to be a large one, I may have several standing by.
- A trash bag. This is for all the bits that can’t be recycled.
- Wire cutters and scissors. I find that if I disconnect toys from their packaging immediately after unwrapping, the cleanup is less.
Sort As They Go
As the frenzy starts, I position myself next to my daughter. I take any cards and gift tags and put them aside, noting on them what the present was. This makes writing thank you notes easier.
Next, as my daughter unwraps, I take the scraps and sort them. If the toy needs to be taken out of its packaging, I do that and put any leavings in the garbage.
Just a little preparation turned my living room from a hamster cage two years ago, into a peaceful place last year. It worked so well that we do the same thing with birthdays now.
Photo by docbaty