One In-One Out

Mabel's Labels Blog, Tanna Clark

My oldest son received a gift card to a local bookstore so I knew an outing there would have to take place soon. The bookstore would not be all that bad if it were just that… books. But they sell toys too. I loaded up all 3 kids and they of course loaded their pockets with Christmas money to be spent.

My oldest son is all about books, no worries there. I know the youngest two would head for the toys. I tried to avert their attention to no avail, but it is their money after all. The boys are actually great about keeping their rooms under control and will purge when we organize. My daughter however does not like the idea of purging.

In an attempt to keep my daughter’s room under control we have one rule when buying anything new. One In- One Out.  When she buys something, it has to replace something else. She has long held onto some toys she has outgrown but insists she plays with them, but gradually this is how we are weeding them out. She thinks nothing of it and willingly does so which makes this sooooo easy! But if I were to just flat out ask her to donate something she resists and it is really not worth arguing over. That item will be next to go when she gets something new. When a big toy comes in or it has multiple pieces we negotiate more items out.

Is organizing your child’s room a constant struggle or do you have a few of your own rules?


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