Hey there, Tuesday. I have a very random topic for you guys today…but it’s one that I thought some of you might like heading into the holiday season.
I’m going to talk about our “rainy day” closet. Annnnnd I decided not to share pics of it (more on that in a bit), so I’m sharing my favorite Christmas pics from last year instead 🙂 .
The day after Kensington turned one, I decided to start a “rainy day” closet at our house.
You see, my precious little one year old had her first birthday party and we opened up all of our presents that day. There were so many. There were pieces of toys spread out all over the house. And she was so overwhelmed that she really didn’t play with and enjoy all of them.
And I had a lightbulb moment, instead of opening all of her gifts, we were going to put them away to be opened the rest of the year on rainy days 🙂 .
Now, maybe you guys do this and I’m not original at all, but none of my friends do it, so I’m betting there are one or two of you that might like this idea (and probably a few of you who think it’s dumb 😉 but that’s okay too!).
Here’s what we do…on birthdays and at Christmas, my kiddos get to open three things total and the rest go in our closet. All of the gifts from us, from Santa, from grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc…go in our rainy day closet to be opened another day (now, they open the wrapping paper and see what they got but they don’t actually open the present). We’ve been doing this for so long that they don’t know another way. They oooohhh and ahhhhh over the gifts, select their three and put the rest up…and then they earn them throughout the year. On rainy days when we’re stuck inside (hence the name), when they do great on a test, when they earn a reward for something, when they’re sick, when I’m sick (and need them to be occupied), after a medical/dental procedure, or just for fun on a random day, they get to open up the closet and get something. AND THEY LOVE IT!
So, why do I think this works for us? I think my kids truly enjoy the gifts when they are opening only one and not ten at one time. They actually play with the toy/coloring book/puzzle/Legos/etc and are super pumped about the gift for longer than a hot minute. I also find that pieces don’t get lost because we’re not opening more than one thing at a time (that one birthday when we opened up everything, there were random pieces everywhere!).
So, that’s my little nugget of mom advice this holiday season. I’m not posting pics of our rainy day closet because I want to be sensitive to my family and friends and not let them see what hasn’t been opened yet. Everything gets opened and loved on…but sometimes, it’s 6 months after the fact. Now, anytime my kiddos get clothes or shoes, that stuff is opened and worn immediately because I would hate for them to outgrow it. This is just for those random gifts like games, sidewalk chalk, paint sets, Barbies, etc. These items get enjoyed throughout the whole year.
What do you think? Good idea or crazy idea? I think if your kids are older, they would protest this system, but if your kiddos are small, you might want to give it a try. Since, I started when my kids were little, they don’t know any different. I would even say that they love this process now because it makes opening that closet so special and so much fun. Even something as simple as a coloring book is really exciting to them on the day they get it from the closet. I don’t know??? This has just worked really well for us! I would also say that my January baby loves this a lot because he has a big drought between “gift holidays”. He gets Christmas gifts and then three weeks later, gets birthday gifts and then nothing for 11 months, so this allows him a special treat on that random July day.
What are some things you do at home to simplify/help your family stay organized all year long? I’d love some new ideas!!