Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

Some Aspies (and if Trillian is reading this, she'll be pointing right at me) find it hard to let go of things. But it can get better. I just have to be in the mindset and work through some questions. (Is it vital? Is it a duplicate? Am I likely to miss it? Can it be replaced?) Papers remain the biggest problem for me, but I've been able to find some satisfaction in purging finally.


Lilianpw's picture Lilianpw

I don't know about the hoarding getting better, I'm a bit of a hoarding myself, all I am is thankful that my boys have never cared for Legos. So expensive and SO SO SO annoying to have around the house! So, I'm utterly relieved to say that we're an almost Lego free household. We do have two sets of Lego Duplo that the boys got as gifts when they were wee babes, but those are pretty easy to contain (and they're hardly ever played with, so, yeah, good for us!). We do have tons and tons of plastic Trackmaster Thomas trains and tracks, but we try to keep on top of their organization with HUGE plastic bins.


Lilianpw's picture Lilianpw

oops! "a bit of a hoarder myself."


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You are lucky, indeed, to not have Legos in your life! I do like them, and they are fun to put together, but they get everywhere!

Hopefully L. will learn to ask those critical questions, Mouse, on his own, so he can learn to de-clutter without someone standing over him.


dbrennan90's picture dbrennan90

This article was helpful. I have 2 young children (3 & 5). It is so hard to get them to cleanup after themselves. I will try these tips.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It's a work in progress, still! We have to constantly push L. to clean his room--he still has trouble knowing when/how to start.