Help! I just had my dd's first birthday and despite requesting everyone well and truly in advance NOT TO BRING a gift and to bring a 'plate' instead, we still ended up with a massive pile of well - stuff. I just want to know how everyone else deals with the endless accumulation of 'tjings' that seems to come with the raising of kids. I am not trying to sound ungrateful - because I truly am not - but I just cannot stand the amount of clutter that I have to contend with! I have two daughters under 3 and honestly, they don't really need 'stuff.' They have soo many toys, books, clothes etc that I almost feel like I am drowning - And seriously, how many stuffed toys does a person need?!? I did a mental calculation on how many stuffed toys they will have at 18 based on how many we receive per year and I think we might need to extend the house! Trouble is I have hoarding tendencies (I suspect are genetic! ) so getting rid of anything is kind of an issue for me. My girls don't play with a quarter of their toys, though I have them on a rotating system to try to keep them interested & I play with them anyway so make sure we 'pay attention' to everything at least once a week but I am seriously kind of annoyed that no one listened to my request and now I am facing the prospect of finding more storage for items that cost money, were not necessary and despite being from the heart, are simply just nonsense. I wish people would wait to buy gifts for kids when they are older and able to appreciate the thought. I feel giving them away is rude and also, they sort of aren't mine to give anyway.
So, how do you all 'swim through' the things? How should I manage our newly acquired possessions?