Home Staging can often times be the ENEMY to children. They think that we want to throw away all their stuff.
One way to get them involved in the process and ease their tension is give them some special baskets of their own. This way, children can sort through their own stuff and create their own gift basket for children that don't have as many toys. This also teaches them early on how to declutter and the value in decluttering. If a child can understand that their unwanted toys will bring the joy they once had to a child who has never had that toy, they will be able to sort through their toys with nice warm fuzzy feelings instead of the dreaded "Fear of loss!" sssociated with it.
Each child should have 3 baskets;
- For their 'must keep with me at all times' basket,
- A basket for 'okay, we can pack this one up but I still want everything in there basket
- The special basket you give them to pass on those good feelings to other children.
Then let the children take the basket to your local charity of choice and watch their faces light up. Then let them have that special basket as a reminder to pass it on all year long. Priceless!