The Pre-Christmas Clearout

It’s that time. I know the children are about to have an influx of toys, books and games, so I look over the playroom and their bedrooms with a critical eye – what can I get rid of?!

playroomI see it as a good opportunity to have a clear-out, and make a little extra cash in the run up to Christmas. This morning, I’ve listed several toys on Gumtree and Netmums (I tried eBay for the first time a few weeks ago, and didn’t seem to actually make anything after fees – I must be missing something there!) so I’ll now wait to see if they sell. If not, I’ll drop them, along with another big bundle I’ve put aside, to our local Re-Use centre.

I have to do all of this covertly, of course. Boo suddenly needs to play with baby toys she’s ignored for years if she sees them out – inevitable! Little Man is oblivious to my nefarious deeds.

It does also mean that I’ve found things they’ve not played with for a while, so it’s been like giving them brand new toys again today, which is nice to see!

It’s given me the de-cluttering bug, though, now. I’ve added doing out my wardrobe to tomorrow’s to-do list, and I’m wondering what the Husband has hidden away in his. The CDs and DVDs can be tackled tomorrow, too, and I’ll pop on over to Music Magpie to sort those.

So things are a little tidier, we’ve now got room for some new toys, and there are even a few empty drawers there. With any luck, we’ll soon be a little better off, too 🙂

Do you do this in preparation for Christmas, too?

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10 thoughts on “The Pre-Christmas Clearout”

  1. I have a clutter clear out a few times a year. I made so much selling hubbies dvds I could afford to buy a new tablet! Always worth doing and as you say sometimes the forgotten toys are replayed with when they are rediscovered x

  2. I have been doing exactly the same thing this week. It must be the time of year for it, your playroom looks a lot more organised than ours though! I need to get me one of those units! Thank you for joining in with this weeks #ThriftyThursday 🙂

    1. Ah, we’ve both been at it! It does lol better, but I’ve still more to do. The units do help! Thanks for hosting #ThriftyThursday

  3. Well done you have a de-clutter before Christmas! We’re manic here so it will be after then before we’re doing the same I think. We have lots of toys and clothes we should probably sell too 🙂

  4. I was doing this today and like yours, my kids suddenly wanted to play with everything that they hadn’t touched in over a year. I don’t use ebay for selling anymore as like you said after fees and postage you are left with very little x

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