Saturday, March 15, 2014
Day 15 - She Might Be a Hoarder
"Why do you want to keep the paper booklet that you made two years ago?" I said to my third grade daughter.
"I don't know. I like it," she replied.
"We can throw away the bag of Valentine's now, right?" I asked.
"But I like them!" she squealed.
"You can't keep every scrap of paper you've ever made or been given sweetie," I tried to explain.
"Why?" she asked.
"Why do you need to keep the old birthday cards from last year?" I wondered.
"They are really pretty!" she answered.
I think my daughter is a hoarder. She can't let go of anything! On the other hand, I think she might just be a teacher one day. She collects things that she might need or want to use someday.
We are trying to do some cleaning, sorting, rearranging in preparation for the new puppy who will officially arrive in about three weeks. We started in the kid's bedrooms.
I am of two minds when it comes to cleaning out toys...I can clean them up (the help from the kiddos) and then fight to keep them picked up off the floor so still nameless puppy won't chew on them OR I can let puppy chew on them in an attempt to thin out the Toys R Us explosion of toys that we have at our house.
Some things I have been wondering:
Would the kids actually notice if I cleaned things out of their rooms and found them a new home?
If they did notice, would they actually care?
Is it wrong to want to take a trash bag into the bedrooms and just pitch some stuff?
I know someday I will miss the toys. I will miss stepping on Legos and Barbie brushes. I will miss trying to find a place for all the toys in our not big enough house. Today...not so much.