Before every gift-giving holiday, thin out toys, books and clothes and donate them. The anticipation of the upcoming event eases the pain of separation. But what about the Precious? The Cherished? The toy no one plays with anymore but was once left at Cracker Barrel and you drove an hour to go back and get? Grab the camera! Photograph each item that's hard to give away. Photograph it with the child who's outgrown it. Tell those stories about when/why/how it became special. Talk about how another child will now have that same opportunity (minus the leaving-it-at-the-restaurant part). Then get it out of the house. Fast! Digital pics don't take up any space in the toy room or the closet. And the memories can still be kept forever. Separation anxiety solved.