'Twas the season for toys, toys, toys. Whether the eight
days of Hanukah, Santa, or gifts from generous grandparents, your toy box is likely
Make room for the newest additions by getting rid of
playthings that are no longer in use. Ideas for keeping toy chaos under control
Take a good look around your toy room or spare closets. Often we have brand new
toys or art kits that simply don't get opened or used. Many local charities run
toy drives this time of year: Goggle for drop-off spots and make another child
While many charities require donations to be new, others
accept gently used toys. SAFE (Stuffed
Animals for Emergencies) accepts gently used stuffed animals for children in
need. Look for a local chapter here. Another great place to donate items is Goodwill, a
nationwide organization providing assistance and job training for needy
families, funded in part by its network of retail outlets selling donated
Plan ahead to the spring for a toy yard sale. Find a spot in your attic or
garage to store toys in a clean, dry area. Enlist your children in identifying
items that are likely to move in a yard sale. A yard sale is a great way to
teach valuable lessons about money; it can also be a great bonding activity for
the whole family. Consider recruiting
friends and neighbors to join the fun; multi-family yard sales are often more
lucrative. For advice on throwing a great yard sale, read How Much for This Lamp? Tips from the Garage Sale
Repurposing: Saying good-bye to beloved toys can
be hard. Consider saving a few special keepsakes by giving them new life. Small
toys like Lego minifigures or a Barbie outfit can make excellent tree
ornaments. Or use wooden blocks to create decorative signs for your home or as
gifts. Other creative ideas for repurposing toys can be found in this wonderful
article, 10 Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Toys.
up your New Year with funky and fabulous organizing treats.
Slim Purse Organizers: Tame
purse clutter with one of these small, compact cases. The organizer makes
switching bags simple: just slip the case into your new bag, confident that all
your must-haves are on-hand.
Travel Bags: Fashionistas
will love these stylish bags for corralling small items while traveling. Not
shopping for a road warrior? The exercise nut in your life will find these equally
handy for gym bags.
iPad Organizer: Gift the tablet lover in your life the Grid-It organization system, which
uses a weave of rubberized elastic bands to hold digital devices, cords,
chargers and other items firmly in place. The neoprene casing also protects
your tablet from any knocks.
Minimergency Kits for Her: Good things come in small packages: this glittery little case has every
product you would ever need in a pinch. The must-haves include: hairspray,
clear nail polish, polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear
elastics, sewing kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette,
pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss and adhesive bandages. Whew!
Mini Flashlight: Shine
a light with a handy, hand-crank flashlight. Perfect for power outages or
sneaky bedtime reading for tweens to the young at heart.
Charge It!: Keep the juice flowing to
your lifelines (aka iPhone, iPad and iPod) with this compact and stylish portable
battery. Each adds an extra three-hours to your Apple device.
Petite Ports: Take your digital files on the go with this cute cat shaped USB port. It's purrfect for the cat lover in your life.
Key Holder: Mount
this mod Magnetic Cloud Key Holder near
your front door and never lose your keys again.
Recipe Box with Divider Cards: Keep
kitchen inspiration close at hand with a recipe box that organizes your
culinary greatest hits.
Sticky Notes: Pretty
post-its keep your to-dos attractive!
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.