Do you find that you have a lot of things that you don’t need or use?
Fighting the clutter with Purposeful Gift Giving
I have found in nearly nine years that we have had our lovely twin girls that we have amassed a lot of toys, things that seem like they are super important and items that get stashed away due to thinking that we will use them.
Now with a one year old and soon to be nine-year old’s this idea of having clean spaces or somewhat organised rooms has fallen by the wayside. I struggle to clean up toys and deciding on what toys to get rid of and what to keep is a chore.
Does it get worse when the kids have a birthday? How about Christmas? Or maybe Easter?
If you could avoid unwanted gifts that will just be eventually given away or never played with, would you? Read on to find out how you can use a free app to help you ensure that your gifts are meaningful, wanted and needed.
I am always trying to declutter and get rid of things that the twins, hubby and I really don’t need. I do big clean outs before the twin’s birthdays, before Christmas and maybe I need to do another one in January after kids go back to school.
In regards to gifts I am changing my policy on what we do for the kids.
It is not about how cute or popular a toy is. Although I’m sure the kids will tell me differently.
I am wanting to give more substantial gifts, such as bikes, trips away or educational experiences that help the kids. They will still of course get the toys but not as many.
Also if a toy looks like it might break in two seconds I tend to steer away of these types of products.
Have you decided to get smart about what types of things you are purchasing for the kids? How has it changed the chaos or organisation of your house as a consequence?
It is hard when the girls have birthdays in September and then soon after it is Christmas. Alexander has a birthday in January, which means that we will be inundated with more things just after getting a whole bunch for Christmas the week before!
I do try to let friends and family know what I have already purchased and other things that we need so that it helps the gift giver knowing what we would like and need.
Telling others what we need and are wanting is a huge help to me as well.
This allows me to not have unwanted items in my house, for one this is great as I live in a small house and it means less things I need to sort through.
I thought years ago I was onto a winner to lessen the gifts that we might not need; I decided to tell family what I got the kids so that they did not buy the same items. I knew that they shopped at the same supermarket and I thought that they would see the deals and decide to get the same toys that I did. I specially said, I have bought this toy for the girls, if you see it don’t worry I have already organised one for each of them.
This however was met with the kids grandparents and their cousin buying the same item for them.
I ended up with three of the same toy! I think they thought I said we would like it or maybe they forgot about it, and saw it on sale and thought, hey I’m sure I was told the twins would like that.
Now I don’t say anything as my attempts previously did not work. Yes, it is funny now, but I did not know what to do with four of all these toys. I must say that it worked a treat when they their friends over, they all ended up with a toy each. So it was perfect for those moments, but was not ideal.
When I’m at the shops with the girls, they harass me to buy tiny toys that are basically just little statues. I have carefully not purchased these toys for the twins and my reasoning is that they are so tiny and will end up everywhere aside from where they should be.
Of course these tiny toys would magically through no fault of the kids end up everywhere and never packed away in their room.
And as you might imagine when they finally decide they wish to play this game with these tiny toys, or say it is a board game they realise they have lost all the components, and the last two that remain need to be thrown out due to the fact that it useless to keep two of something if you cannot play a game with them.
“If these little toys end up under my feet and everywhere, they are going to end up in the bin!” I yell. You can hear the screaming from my kids saying, “These are important! We love these toys! We promise to look after them next time!”
An app called Purposit has taken the guess work out of knowing what to buy for your good mate or family member. This takes the guess work out of what to buy for someone and you know that they really need it and want this gift.
Purposit’s aim is gifting with purpose
So how do you use Purposit?
All you need to do is to download the app and fill in some details. You can find the app in the Apple iTunes store and it is free to download.
Here are the easy steps for you to get started with Purposit:
- Create a profile for your child and yourself.
- Create a list of gifts that you are lusting after and wanting (remember it is about purposeful giving)
- Enter your bank details securely.
- Create an invitation to friends and family so that they can contribute. The invitation can be done via email or SMS. You can control who sees the events and the profiles so it is secure.
- The money for the gifts will come to the account that you have nominated on the Purposit app.
It is a perfect way to ensure that you are given gifts that you can use, truly want and of course need.
It is also to perfect to help others make sure that their money is not going to be wasted. I hate to think of well-meaning family and friends who purchase a very well thought out gift to either have it broken as soon as one of my kids play or look at it, or they decide it is not really what they wanted, and therefore this toy or item just never gets played with again.
It is not just toys that you can request for your kids, how about great learning experiences. What about the camp that is coming up that might be too expensive for just mum and dad to pay for, how about the first bike or upgrading to the next best bike due to kids growing, or how about a holiday somewhere to help with learning a new language.
You could even have a fund for university or say other classes like ballet. It is up to you. The item or experience could be anything, if it has meaning to you and it is purposeful for your child and family.
The Purposit App is Free to download and very easy to use. Once you are all set up you can personalise it with photos and even have thank you messages to the friends and family that helped you get the much wanted gift.
If you would like you can send progress reports with new images to show how your child is enjoying the ballet classes or learning to ride their new bike.
I like the idea of sending updates to family showing how your child is enjoying their gift. It is always nice to see happy faces, and more so when they are doing something they enjoy.
Being more intentional with gift giving is great and something I try to do. Before I purchase a gift for a family member or friend I like to find out what they really want.
If they had registered on Purposit it would take the guess work out of finding the perfect gift. You could just contribute a little bit and then the receiver can purchase the much loved item or experience. Everyone is happy and no unwanted gifts or items that mess up your house.
Do you think that Purposit would be a good idea for you and your family? I love the idea and wanted to share it with you all.
Give it a go for your next celebration.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post working with in conjunction with Purposit. I love the idea of cutting down on things you don’t need and to make sure that money is spent on things that you really want and need.