As I mentioned before, the last week has been The Week Of Bedroom Reorganization in the Dryer household. Corrie's nursery was turned into a big-girl room (and it's adorable, truly; pictures to follow, at some point). And my three boys decided they wanted to sleep in the same room. Before, Adam (9) had his own room, while Stephen (8) and Joseph (5) shared. But they have begged and pleaded and played the Mom-I-Want-To-Spend-More-Time-With-My-Brother card, which gets me every time. It's not true, of course; they really just think if I reshuffle bedrooms they'll have a shot at new SpongeBob bedding. But a mother can dream.
So, all of this to say, we now have three boys sharing one room (the extra room is now the playroom). I explained to them that we can only manage all this togetherness under very specific conditions. I've always tried to keep a handle on all the "stuff" that my kids accumulate, with little success. But I told them that the Days Of Packrat-ed-ness were over. Beginning now. So we implemented a rule that we previously only had in place for Stephen (Packrat King of the Family). It's worked so well for him, I'm hopeful it will help everyone.
Each boy now has his own treasure box, about twice the size of a shoe box. All of their treasures (rocks from the playground, a letter from their beloved uncle, unused Chuck E. Cheese tickets and anything else they CAN'T POSSIBLY throw away) belong in the box. When the box gets so full that the lid won't close, it means it's time to go through and throw some things away.
I love this, because it teaches them to prioritize and to understand that some things (a postcard from Yosemite) are treasures, while other things (an empty wrapper from their favorite candy bar) are really not. It helps keep loose pieces of clutter contained. And the best part? With their permission, I like to poke through their treasure box. Seeing what they hold dear helps me know them a little better.
And no, the little dears didn't get their SpongeBob bedding. They mercifully agreed to this instead. Oh, the cuteness! And the bargain-ness!
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