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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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I am totally stealing Box Day - that is such a great concept!!! We donate items quite often, but you know how it goes...you have to go through things periodically or it all piles back up. Box Day will be a fantastic way to do another purge! :-) I also like the idea of doing it in the spirit of giving, not just cleaning out. My B sounds exactly like T, she can tie emotion to every single toy, down to the last random McDonalds toy that's been at the bottom of a basket for months.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know, it's tough when they can work themselves up into s state of attachment over a toy they haven't played with in years! It's hard with L., too, because his things are either precious Lego/Playmobil sets, or collections--like his colelction of office supply catalogs. So we have to work hard to help him with his box.

Happy boxing up!


mouse's picture mouse

We definitely need to do something like this too. I was already planning to do a certain amount of this as our next baby hits certain points so that we don't end up with an avalanche of toys and clothes we don't need, but I can always use the reminder to involve the kids.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It's so much easier to leave the kids out of the purging--I can't do anything in L.'s room if he's there. He even hoards the plastic wrappers to things, and the envelopes *his* junk mail comes in, so I have to slip into his room when he's at school and throw that all out!


mouse's picture mouse

There are definitely things like that where I would never dream of having Scooter present. But we did at least involve him in picking out toys to go into the sunroom (which means the next baby will be able to play with them) vs. those that stay in his room. Broken toys, however, are culled when he's not around.

The whole attachment to re-found toys is crazy too. We recently pulled his old ball popper out of storage and he's been playing with it again. I guess he and the baby will have to fight over it.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It's amazing, I know. And I always battle nostalgia, too, when I see my kids playing with long-forgotten toys from their early childhoods. Not long ago I pulled some old Fisher Price playsets out of the crawl space (the garage, fire house, etc.) and watched in amazement while L. played with them--he adapted them to Star Wars scenarios, of course--but still.