Originally Posted by tbarthauer
She is three and I'm worried that she will think she is being punished if we ask her to get rid of some of her toys.
Do you punish her? If not, she probably doesn't know the concept.
|I would like to have her pick out some toys that she can part with and sell them at our garage sale and let her spend some of the money she makes on something new.
My 3-year-old would LOVE this idea. She doesn't fully understand money either, but she is aware that it is the stuff that makes buying things possible, and she really enjoys having money to carry with her and buy trinkets in our neighborhood. If yours doesn't care much about that, do you think she might understand better the idea of giving the toys away to other people who need/can use them?
My dd started decluttering toys in earnest at barely 3yo, when we were moving. Since everyone was decluttering everything at the time, it was natural. She still sometimes gets in the mood to weed her toys, when she sees me weeding a closet or drawer. I've found that her ideas about what toys to keep or part with are TOTALLY different from what I would choose. So occasionally, if she wants to get rid of something I consider important (for example, a stuffed animal that technically belongs to me and has sentimental value, or a very multi-functional toy I know that her sister will use soon), I will quietly put it away in the closet, or discuss it with her -- she changes her mind pretty easily. She's never missed anything she chose to get rid of. Frankly, toys are optional: they're nice to have, but easy not to miss. The funniest part of the moving-decluttering was that we got rid of the TV in the move, and she has never once commented or appeared to notice! And she did watch it, regularly.