Last night I was going through graded schoolwork and tests that my school-aged kids have brought back home. I was created a big recycle-pile next to me, but I still check in with my kids once in a while to make sure they know we are getting rid of things.
One of my 12 year olds wanted to keep her math homework/ tests in a folder in her desk. That was reasonable to me, so I handed her math work back to her without debate. My other 12 year old (yes, they’re twins) didn’t want to keep her work. When I asked and even told her what her sister was doing, she shook her head and said “I don’t think I’ll go back and look at them. I don’t need to keep them.”
So, without any drama, I put them in the recycle pile.
This was my daughter, the very one who once wanted to keep every piece of garbage.
It never ceases to amaze me how people, especially children, can learn and grow and change.
I’m a professional organizer and a mother. I’ve put together an eBook that details my experience teaching children how to declutter. It is 8 pages and a quick read, but so important if you are trying to declutter children’s things. Read this first.
Writing this has gotten me SO EXCITED about the Declutter Challenge. It is a still a few months away, so I’m glad that I’ve got the Love Your Home Challenge to keep me occupied in the meantime.
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Jardelyne Hansen says
Great read! Thank you for writing and sharing your advice for decluttering with our kids. I feel much more confident to tackle the task with grace.
My favorite – craft supplies are to be used, not hoarded – I stopped, laughed nervously, and re-read that a few times – aaarrgh, you caught me! And thank goodness… so true!!!
And even letting go of the good – that’s refreshing advice.
I’m so glad to help!! It is a process and it sounds like you’re figuring it out!
Thanks for the book Mary! I will definitely be using it!