something that we all deal with, and probably deal with multiple times a
day. It is the one area that seems to
give me more trouble than anything else, and for a long time I couldn’t figure
out why that was. When I heard about de-owning vs. de-cluttering I knew that was my biggest issue – not letting stuff back
into the house once we got rid of it.
you struggle with it as well.
dolls and doll houses, stuffed animals and other lovey friends, little cars,
ponies, and let’s not even talk about the art supplies shall we?
is overwhelming. It is overwhelming for
the parent, and surprisingly it is also overwhelming for the kid.
during long breaks of time? I am
actually all for a little boredom, but when they are saying it day after day,
it can become tiresome, and you can’t quite understand why they are bored with
all the toys that they have at their fingertips.
between my kids and it has been driving me slowly insane. I can’t be the only one.
they take everything out (or the 3 year old dumps out all the nicely organized
bins) and then no one is capable of cleaning because it is so
overwhelming. They retreat to the parts
of the home that are clear of any clutter, and fill it with their little
toys. These are all things that happen
every day it seems, but how do you curb that?
attic. Not in the way that you would
switch out toys for a toddler to have something new to play with, but rather to
see if they would realize their “favorite toy” is missing. More often than not that answer is no. Once in a while I might have a question of
where something is, but those are few and far between. Instead, as I remove toys from their
presence, and move them into a place that is completely inaccessible to them,
they become more creative. Their
attitudes improve, they play pretend with their baby sister, they start to make
their own toys out of paper and fabric.
Yes, I’m sure your kids (and mine) will complain from time to time about
not having something, but when they are able to be industrious and take the
step to create what they want, instead of looking in the next box for something
that might entertain them for a few minutes, the entire attitude of the child
toy box. Those days are gone, but I do
wonder, as they get older, if less is actually more for them as it is for me.
LEGO, the puzzles, the board games. And
perhaps they don’t need to be taken away, but all the rest of it can be. Perhaps if they don’t have as many other
things available they will be more apt to sit and play a board game, or do a
puzzle, or build something with LEGO, and then be able to clean it up at the
end of the time without going into hysterics about how they don’t know where to
start – that might just be my kids!
you ever thought about decreasing the amount of *stuff* your children
have? If you have taken away toys, what
was the outcome?