Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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When my kids started having more than they could take care of (or more than I could when they were really little), I had them pick out their favorite clothes. I said they could keep 4 pair shorts, 6 pair pants, 10 t-shirts, something like that. Then they went through and picked what they liked and I donated the rest.
I did the same thing with the stuffed animals. First we sorted out the 3 or so absolute favorites, like the ones they slept with every night. Then we stored a couple more they'd outgrown but were "special". The they chose a few to keep and the rest were donated.
Getting them to help with their own things made it easier for me since it wasn't my choice alone. And I just presented it as a fact of life. I think it was Steve Wright - the deadpan comic - who said "You can't have everything...Where would you put it?"
(That's what my husband says when MY fabric stash gets out of hand!)
The trouble for me has not been getting rid of things, but not bringing them home in the first place. Buy yourself a cup of tea or a smoothie so you can treat yourself whenever you don't buy something. That way you reinforce a new habit.
American in Australia; fiber artist; craft blogger; 2 grown kids; Aspergers