Since we have been iced-in for a few days, I have been cleaning out everything in sight… the office, the pantry, my daughter’s closet, my closet, and my daughter’s toys! I never knew one child could accumulate so many toys.
Usually, when I clean out her toy bins, I have to do it when she is not here because somehow the pile of Goodwill toys end up back in the toy box.
Not this time!
I decided to do it a little bit different this time around. I am calling it “The One-Month Toy Challenge!” We went through all of Kate’s toys one-by-one. If she was hesitant about a toy or if she didn’t even know she had a particular toy, it went in to what I am calling a “holding tub.”
This “holding tub” will be placed in our garage for one month. If Kate hasn’t asked for the toys in the tub the entire month, they will go to Goodwill. We do not even plan on letting her see the tub again because once she sees certain toys again, she will feel like she can’t live without them.
After about 2 hours, Kate’s toy areas now look like this…
And, this mommy is proud to show the “holding tub” that my daughter put together without any hesitation, crying, or fit-throwing. I think it made her feel good to know that these toys would be going to little boys and girls that didn’t have as many toys if she didn’t touch them for an entire month.
I think we may start doing this challenge every 6 months at my household!!!