How to Chuck Your Kids’ Crap {Step 1}

How to Chuck Your Kids' Crap Series

This is a series on chucking the crap your kids have and hold on to — for better or worse. Click here for more.

Step 1: Send them to Grandma’s House

Or send them to school. Or over to a friend’s house. Try swapping with a mommy friend: you clean today, I’ll clean tomorrow. Whatever you have to do to get them out of the house, do it.

Here’s how it works:

The first time (and last time… hmm) my kids went to Grandma’s house, I ran through the house before I went to pick them up. I tossed old candy, mylar balloons that never die, McDonald’s toys, and “special drawings” that are, in reality, just scribbles. I know it, you know it, they don’t know it, and are you really about to tell them? Probably not. Best not to hurt their feelings.

Once they are gone, get off Pinterest/Twitter/Facebook/your time waster of choice, and move it. You likely have a limited time to work. Toss all the crap that they don’t actually care about, unless they see it in the garbage.

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3 Responses to How to Chuck Your Kids’ Crap {Step 1}

  1. Diane Mortensen says:

    So what if the mom is the one not wanting to let go? For those of us who are sentimental…give us some idea of where to draw the line. I’m currently cleaning…beaucoup pictures, a sample of each year’s school work, cute little art projects, report cards, citizenship awards, sports awards, attendance awards…multiply by 12 and then by 8. I have at least three large boxes to sort through, one file drawer and shoe boxes of pictures. I don’t know if they even want the stuff. Do you keep a memory box? And if I have my parent’s and grandparents stuff too…let’s just say, I don’t see me fitting into an apartment any time soon. Feeling to full.

    • Ahhh this is so my husband! I’m like “yuck, where will I put that?!” and he goes, “Yeah, but it’s too remind them…” blah blah blah! Okay, so maybe this is good material for another series, Diane?! For schoolwork though, this is my rule of thumb: if they spent a lot of time on it, or it shows true progression, I keep it. Art work they really are proud of, or an extra awesome report card… those are the things I keep. I also try to keep a sample of handwriting (just whatever) at the beginning and the end of the year. Of course, that’s all in the best case scenario. I’m currently in the stuff-it-in-a-drawer-look-at-it-in-May philsophy. Also, I HIGHLY recommend Becky Higgins Project Life. I’m sticking the important paperwork/projects right in our family scrapbook and recycling the rest, guilt free.

    • Selin says:

      This type of therapy seems to have prveon very fruitful for AHAD but not to the same extent for autistic children. I am not a professional in the area but have done some research. I also interviewed a therapist who used a similar technique and I am reflecting her experience in my comments. In my opinion it is well worth looking into and except for the time and maybe cost has very little downside as opposed to drugs.

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