Here’s Kirsten’s tip for for the inevitable chaos after the presents have been unwrapped:
The laundry basket hack reminded me of this one – we get out a laundry basket for each child on Christmas morning. After they unwrap each gift (and examine/play with it) the toy/book/THING WITH TINY PIECES THAT MIGHT GET LOST goes into their own basket. Later, when one of the kids asks ‘Where’s my pony’s brush?’ or ‘Which is mine, and which is his?’ we just point them at their own basket. We’ve done this for the past two years, and it’s worked great. We’ll definitely be continuing this organizing ‘tradition’!