I don't want to be that crazy mother who just goes and throws everything away when my child isn't home. I want him to have the choice of what he gets to keep. But, the issue is that when he goes through his stuff, he wants to keep it all!
Christmas has just passed and his birthday is in the beginning of February, so I needed to get creative quickly. If I don't get some of this clutter under control, I will be further buried which is not what I want.
My creativity resulted in making up a game. The object of the game is to get through each "zone" and pick items to give away.
Here is what you will need to gather:
One regular dice from any board game
Piece of paper folded into squares
Directions to play:
Break each section of the room into zones. For example, I broke my son's room into "Stuffed Animals" "Movies" "Cars Bin" "Animal drawer" etc.
Write each zone on the small squares of paper. For the zones that had a lot of things such as my son's car's bin I made 2 squares for it so that he would go through that zone twice.
Fold each square and place into a pile. This will be where your child draws the "zone" in which to declutter. The dice is then rolled to determine how MANY of the toys/items from that particular zone must be gotten rid of. Example: My son drew the stuffed animal zone first and then rolled a 2 on the dice, so he got rid of 2 stuffed animals.
A rule that I made is that if he starts to whine or cry about this, then *I* get to pick which items from the zone go! My child tends to be rather dramatic and whine about anything, so I had to make that rule.
We played the game and while it was slightly painful, he did show some enthusiasm in which category he would draw and how many he would. He loved when a low number came up on the dice!
Here's a pic of the set up I used as I am saving the "zone" pieces for the next time we play.
|On the bottom are the ones we already had gone drawn/gone through and on the top are the ones still left to draw.|
We will be playing this game at least once a week in his room until his birthday for sure!
I am going to continue this game throughout January for sure and I will post before and after pics to see how much this has accomplished.