Just too much stuff
How do you deal with a child who has too many things? Not toys, per say, but treasures. Rhayn has collected so many little trinkets over time that it is spilling into the biggest mess I have seen since I was a teenager, and I never let my parents in my room (if I could help it.)
How can I cut back on the clutter of toys and trinkets, without making her cry? Usually I throw a lot out while she is at school. This is the week before school, and I asked her to clean her room of toys, by dragging them all out into the toy room. Well before I knew it (and three days after the initial asking) her mound of stuff covers a huge portion of the play area. Now I am afraid to let the other kiddos play there. Plus she dumped it all in the walkway, you can't even get back to the other things. Argh. I am so frustrated.
On top of this all, she has been moving things around, "reorganizing" my books and Gwen's things. So everywhere I look is a mess. I haven't been keeping 100% of my eye on her because it is my week with Care-Bear. Also Gwen is into everything, you know, since she is nearly two.
I need some serious help. I need some one to come over with a big trash compactor and throw most of it away. I have grounded her from the following:
1. The My Little Ponies (which she dumped all over under my bed, weird)
2. Toys or books besides Squish Baby in her room. (Only other exception is the shelf of "special toys" she keeps in there.)
Any other ideas? I know that she is only six, but I need to show her this IS NOT OK.
******On another note, I am so excited. I get to go out ALONE tonight. I am going bra shopping, yeah. (I am fitting in my pre-pregnancy bras, even cup size. Gwen is still nursing, but not so much during the day. I really need some lift! Currently I am wearing a bra that is so stretched out and old, I had to sew the band to make it fit.)
It is birth circle night, and I am going to that, too. I NEED this. I know I will feel better when I get home. As for dinner? I am leaving them with corn dogs and mac'n'cheese. I have cooked up nice dinners all week, and since I won't be eating with them- Let them eat corn dogs!