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Out with the old, in with the new: Expert is in to help parents declutter before Christmas

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MILWAUKEE -- Every parent, grandparent, aunt, and uncle loves to gift things to kids on Christmas. And ever year parents are left wondering where all the gifts will go. Stacy Tuschl joins Real Milwaukee to help parents purge and adopt a minimalist mindset for the holidays.

Stacy Tuschl is a Small Business Growth Coach & Founder of Foot Traffic Formula and was named 2019 Small Business Person of the Year by the United States Small Business Administration. If you like the advice you hear today, be sure to check out her podcast called "the Foot Traffic Formula.

Stacy's tips to creating a clutter-free holiday:

First things first: Purge what you own

  • Ask yourself: 'Do I love this? Do I actually use this? Would I buy it again? Would I buy it right now?' Ask these same questions when approaching your kids` rooms.

Donate these items to charity. It`s a win-win— organizing your house while giving back to the community.

Change your mindset

  • Make the holidays more about experiences rather than physical gifts. Show the invaluable measure of time with the ones you love through family-oriented holiday activities. Baking cookies and your watching favorite Christmas movie are two ways to do so.
  • Reduce your shopping time starting right after Thanksgiving. Remind your family the holidays are coming up and to add it to their wishlists.

Create a new structure

  • Implement a new tradition. For Stacy's family, each person gets four gifts: something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.
  • Set up an Amazon Wish list. This helps with establishing what is needed versus what is wanted. It also eliminates getting duplicates of things you already have.
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