I was so proud when both the littles went to task on putting toys into the boxes cheerfully. Fletcher was offering up some his more dear toys, so I made sure to explain again that he would never see these toys again, and that they would live with another boy somewhere. He completely understood, and was adamant about giving away some of the toys he still loves. He's a pretty special boy. Rowan did not understand as well, and was just throwing in anything that she picked up. I just let her, and then culled out the boxes before finishing for anything I thought she'd really miss. They both were ecstatic when we filled 3 big boxes full of toys, and wanted to add more. And we will! We've cleared out a lot of space right before Christmas, and we may need to do it again after Christmas.
And now it's my turn! I have a lot to give away myself. I may be guilty of a little thrifting problem, and I have an excess of stuff around here. And I think the littles seeing me give away my things is even more important than teaching them to give away their own belongings.