Where I live, spring is starting to spring. And I have to tell you, this is putting a spring back in my step. The grass is greening up. The trees are budding and just about to pop. And best yet, the weatherman is forecasting a high in the 80’s for later this week! Which means it could be a warm and spring-like Easter. Hooray!
My kids no longer believe in the Easter bunny. (Sad but true.) So this puts me in that odd stage of redefining our Easter traditions. Which traditions stay despite there being no “real” bunny, and which traditions go?
The bunny itself has gone, but not surprisingly the baskets filled with candy and other goodies have stayed. (Not sure how my kids pulled that one off, but they did.) Now though, it is the Easter chicken that visits our house, hides the eggs, and fills up the baskets with goodies. I think we will also still dye Easter eggs, and I’m thinking we might bake some Easter cookies, since I have some cute Easter colored sprinkles I’d like to use up.
The Easter chicken will be carrying on the Easter Bunny’s tradition of an as-clutter-free-as-possible approach to stuffing the Easter baskets—something that this professional organizer fully endorses. So here are our Easter chicken’s favorite tips for clutter-free basket-filling and Easter-ing.
Reuse the basics year after year.
The Easter chicken raids my Easter storage bin which contains the baskets that formerly the bunny, and now the chicken, reuse and refill year after year—ever since the bunny started visiting my kids. We have four baskets, since one year we had friends visit us for Easter and felt we’d have better chances of keeping up the bunny tradition if all the Easter baskets matched. So the chicken gets a little bit of variety in his basket selection. The Easter grass is also reused and stored right in the baskets.
Create some recycled Easter grass.
If you don’t already have Easter grass for your baskets, our Easter chicken suggests shredding paper scraps (perhaps some scrapbook paper scraps) to create recycled Easter grass. This will have the added benefit of decluttering your scrap stash a little bit, which is always a good thing. Right?
Fill the basket with practical and creative fillers.
Filling the basket is the fun part. It’s like creating mini gift basket for the kids each year. The bunny’s approach (which has been passed down to the chicken) is to shoot for creative and practical fillers that match the child’s interests. If they’re into baseball, baseball themed stuffers are good. If they’re into helping Daddy in the yard, gardening themed stuffers are good. If they’re into all things girly, lotions and potions fit the bill (and stuff the basket.) Our chicken focuses on items that will get used or eaten—and therefore not end up as clutter. Here are some ideas to share with your bunny (or chicken, as the case may be.)
- body spray
- bubble bath
- coloring books
- flip flops
- gardening gloves, seed packets, bulbs or kid-sized gardening tools,
- gel pens in spring-like colors
- gift card
- glitter glues
- hair accessories
- jump rope
- lip balm
- movie tickets
- nail polish
- pens / pencils
- playing cards, trading cards, baseball cards or small games. (My son got the card game Monopoly Deal in his stocking last Christmas…and we love it!)
- reusable water bottle
- sidewalk chalk
- spring themed cookie cutters
- spring themed socks
- sticky notes or a small seasonal notebook
- stuffed animals
- sunhats or baseball caps
- swim suits
- and, of course, a chocolate bunny or other favorite candy
This year our Easter chicken will be avoiding stuffed animals, as the chicken has noticed an abundance of these in one of my child’s bedroom. But were it not for past over-accumulation of stuffed things, the chicken would definitely place this high on the list of basket fillers.
If you celebrate Easter, I would love to hear your approach to creating a fun and clutter-free holiday. What are your go-to basket stuffers? And if you have kids that have outgrown the bunny / basket stage, did you change your Easter traditions? And if so, how? Thanks for sharing!