01 November 2008

Oh, So Many Cars

This morning was a bit of a purger. It's time to sort out and toss out a whack of Spud's stuff. I was floored to see how many cars he's accumulated. I mean, it's not like we haven't done a 'car purge' before ... at least two times before. I don't even think this is all of them. There's another stash I'm missing ... probably in the back of the closet somewhere.

He was surprisingly open to the idea of "giving some cars you don't like anymore to kids who don't have toys". He embraced the idea of having two boxes; one for keepers and one for giving away and making the call as to which went where. "Let's get rid of the ugly ones. Maybe the other kids won't think they're ugly". His criteria for ugly was pretty funny, apparently black is an ugly colour for cars. Well today anyway. Can he be my kid?

Anyway, in the end, I was pretty proud of him. Of his own free will he parted with a couple of dozen cars. But it's just a drop in the bucket.

I would love to hear others' tips on how to manage the flow and accumulation of toys. Prevent them from entering the door in the first place? Mule out loads of them when your child's asleep and act dumb when they wonder where a specific toy is? Or buy a bigger house. Help.