How to handle clutter coming in from kids' friends? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 2 Old 11-29-2009, 06:57 PM - Thread Starter
MizLiz's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 527
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My daughter has a couple of friends who continually declutter their own toys/junk and 'gift' it to my daughter. It really is just junk (IMO), usually old and worn out clothes, random collector cards, old stuffed animals, etc.

The problem is that my daughter is so flattered to receive gifts from these kids that she's very touchy about letting any of it go (into the trash or to charity). I have no problem in getting rid of my own stuff, but it feels wrong to force my dd to let this clutter go, and I also don't feel very good about eliminating it behind her back...

I'm working hard to get rid of things we don't need and this totally goes against what I'm striving for... Any suggestions on how you've handled this with your own kids?

MizLiz is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 2 Old 11-30-2009, 12:25 AM
nascarbebe's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: rural Missouri
Posts: 1,089
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a friend who does this also. She gives me her used European clothes because she knows I like them but by the time they've gone through all her 3 girls they're pretty stained and worn out. I usually keep everything for a while and if we never use it I donate it. Same with toys. She does not care what I do with them once they're in my hands. I have gotten some nice things from her though.

Just set a limit for how long you'll tolerate these things. I make myself keep everything for one month and after that I allow myself to get rid of it. I don't know how old your DD is but my kids, no matter how much they appear to love something at first they always end up losing interest. That's your chance to get rid of it.

Awesome SAHM to 5-yr-old son,3-yr-old girl and a baby girl. Blog about my home
nascarbebe is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 14,915

21 members and 14,894 guests
*green*faery* , bananabee , BirthFree , Dakotacakes , debigebi , Deborah , emmy526 , girlspn , healthy momma , Hopeful2017 , Katherine73 , NaturallyKait , philomom , redsally , RollerCoasterMama , Skippy918 , Springshowers , zebra15
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.