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As a child it was demanded that we go out on the 5th and clean the street and yard of every piece of debris. When the kids groused about it last year I told them to pretend it was and Easter egg hunt. They went hog-wild trying to find the most "eggs" and yelling "I found another egg".
I haven't tried this with other things such as picking up toys but I suppose it could work for that too.
I started this when my children were little. They would fill bags of toys they didn't play with and leave them for Santa. Santa would give them to other children that wanted the toys. The more toys they put under the tree, the more toys Santa would bring them. Once they went to sleep, the bags went in my trunk and down the street to a Salvation Army donation box. It got rid of unused toys every year.
It sometimes is difficult to commit to decisions regarding what to give away to charity, because the items usually stay in our homes for a while. So, it is possible to remove the items from the box or bag, and keep it. However, you probably put it there for a reason. To make sure that donations stay donations, it can be as simple as getting a box that closes at the top. Fill it, and then seal the box with packaging tape. Label it as to its contents, and take it in soon.
I like to give to people that are giving the items away, this works best for clothing and bedding, but also toys and children's books--children always need toys and reading material.
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