Buying gifts for Xmass? but I just cleaned out the house!!!
I did a big declutter early in the year, I started with the challenge of ridding the house of 2010 things. It was fantastic! Took me only 3.5 months and I learned some new, good habits to help keep things organized. I am constantly sorting through the toys and giving them away/throwing away.
So now Christmas is almost here and DH and I had a plan for our oldest (5) to get a couple big things (2 Lego sets, bike) but when we got to ToysRus, he started picking up other small stuff for stocking stuffers. Then he found a clock on line that he had to get, and then a bunch of things for our 1.5 yo dd. I already feel like our kids don't play with all the toys we have in the house, I don't want to add more and more! I think it is so wasteful to buy $8 plastic toys for a stocking stuffer that will get played with once on Xmas's day and never again. It also gives the kids the idea that Xmas's is about getting loads of presents. It helps to drive an economy based on junk.
I feel a bit like Scrooge not wanting to buy gifts for the kids. But, I know I am going to be getting rid of some of the gifts in a few short months because they don't get played with at all and our shelves will be jammed packed with no space to put all the toys away. This may sound very strange, but I also don't want gifts. I never expect them from anyone and often it makes me feel empty.