What do you do when your kids catch you throwing something that belongs to them away?
Everyday Ian and Imani come home with a bookbag full of papers. Ian had become quite the pack rat and does not want to get rid of anything. It’s so bad that he even keeps the boxes that his toys come in. (The toys are not in the boxes. He just like to keep everything)! Anyway…I have been slowly but surely throwing away things that he does not need. I hold onto his really nice pictures, the ones that fill up the whole page. Some of the papers he brings home have cut-outs and some have crayon lines in two or three places.
I’m on my spring cleaning kick and I have gotten rid of so much paper. While stuffing a garbage bag with Ian and Imani’s “stash”, Ian catches me! I got yelled at by my six year old for getting rid of his paper. He couldn’t understand why I was throwing his “stuff” away. I didn’t even have a answer for him. Not one that a six your old could comprehend our family history.
I posted before about the women in my family being hoarders. I have been guilty of keeping things that I do not need or no longer using. Now my motto is not to clutter up my home.
So after much thought I have come up with a plan. Ian and Imani can keep two papers daily that they really like. I have some binders that they can put their papers in. Instead of having papers all over my house. I’ll use the sleeve protecters and when the protecters fill up they can then swap the old ones with new ones. I also plan on getting some frames for their bedrooms where they can change their work from time to time.
I can laugh about it now but when Ian yelled at me I felt like his daughter being scolded trying to hide something.