|Yes, our Clutter Out Box is a Lego Bin!! so appropriate|
Friday, February 24, 2012
Why the Clutter Out Box Works for Kids
We keep a little green plastic box under the kids art table. The kids can throw any unused items in it at any time. This works for them.
Why It Works
They don't have to ask where to put it or bring it to the garage, where I keep the outgoing items. They know that if they put it in they never have to put it away again. The item will sit there for a fair bit in case of any regrets either by themselves or by siblings. This has not happened though, rather they have found that once an item is placed in the bin, they know they can live without it, and without even missing it. It give me a chance to see what they decided to fling, in case it was an odd part to something of ours, or a toy set.
I also, sort items from the bin. sometimes they don't want to throw away an art project, but no donation center would do anything but throw it away, and they don't need our trash. Also, this gives me a chance to think on the waste we create, and have our children create. I have been working toward not having the children spend their time, and our money, on projects that are just going to end up in the trash! School is another thing....sooooo much waste.
As I am writing my daughter is sitting next to me working on a project kit she received for her birthday. This is a better one. she is making a headband-so it is something useful. It looks to be of reasonable quality, and I think that it will be a useful item that will make her happy to know she made. Still there is an awful lot of packing to dispose of. Awareness is the first step.
She is saying, "how do you type so fast, it clicks like every five seconds. It is such a happy computer. That computer is enjoying you." Hmmm, interesting, the computer is happy to click? Or is it happy because it has my attention?