Join Date: Jul 2003
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|Fall is a time for major cleanings in our house. I go room by room and do a very thorough job of cleaning: books come off the shelves, toys are sorted and cleaned, furniture is moved. My kids love these days as they always find something ’new’ (i.e. old things that have been forgotten about) to browse through and play with. This is the time when we review the kids’ old books and toys and decide what stays and what goes (usually to preschools or to poor children).
We also have a family tradition (passed down through at least three generations) according to which we clean and mend every toy and book that has been damaged. Usually that means fixing game boxes and finding missing parts of cars, puzzles, etc. In Hungary Santa ’comes’ on 6th December, when children put their cleaned and polished boots in the window and Santa puts some special Xmas sweets and smaller toys in them. So we try to be ready by that time so that Santa ’sees’ that we appreciate old things as well.
Originally Posted by oldermamato5
Isn't that wonderful? We are definitely a frugal family but I see way too many toys around our house. I do try to freecycle our excess good stuff.