Kids are Inherently Hoarders

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Kids and all their treasures, well in their sweet, innocent eyes they are treasures. To many parents it is just junk, trash and in my case a lot of rocks. Sometimes not even rocks but chunks of concrete. So how do we battle the clutter of kid “treasures”? I implanted the “Treasure Chest” aka the junk box. For each of my 3 children their chests look very different, my eldest is on the spectrum, so his box has nuts, bolts screws, even pencil shavings. All somehow work into a master plan to build a snowplow and use the pencil shavings as snow. He has been gathering these “treasures” for years. My daughter’s chest is full beads and sequins and anything pretty. And my youngest son’s is rock, mulch and sticks, all treasures in his eyes.  It is our agreement that if it fits in the chest then it won’t be thrown away.

Twice a year we completely purge their rooms. All 3 kids have their birthdays near Christmas, which gave me the great excuse to implement the donation schedule. In order to make room for new birthday and Christmas gifts we must first make a box to take to donate for girls and boys that don’t have as many toys. Amazingly the kids get very excited to do this, they discover toys they had forgot about, find toys that they are longer interested it and always find new ‘treasures” to add to their treasure chests. I allow them to sort the chests and decide what they can part with. It gives them the responsibility to decide for themselves if that feather or rock or sequin still brings them joy or if it is in fact just junk. Through this process my kids have grown to make decisions on their own as well as to stay organized.

I hope you find these tips helpful with all the kid junk, I mean treasures.

 

Written by: Erin Pickering, Project Coordinator