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Old 09-27-2016, 02:33 PM   #11
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Yes! This time of year you could need jeans and hoodie when you leave the house in the morning but be sweating your butt off by the afternoon. Its going to be weird not having a true winter. I know it gets cold but people weve met say it rarely gets below freezing here. Im used to negatives! Not that I enjoy that..

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Old 09-29-2016, 09:49 AM   #12
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I still only have 2 bags for donation but they are jammed full.

I also am going to donate a few board games. We have 2 trivial pursuits because I love the idea of playing trivial pursuit but we are so bad at it and we don't play it even once a year. I just like the idea of learning random facts I think
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Old 09-29-2016, 11:02 AM   #13
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DH and I just went through our closet and got a big box and trash bag full! When DS gets home from school I am prepared to give him a little tough love and it's time to say goodbye to all the toys that collect dust. I think Ill give him the option to try to sell some of his Nerf guns.

We also have board games that dont get played. We bought him Life for Christmas and we have yet to play it...
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This is a long process that I'm working on too! When I gave my kids the option to try to sell things and they could have the money, they were much more motivated to purge!
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Old 09-29-2016, 11:27 AM   #15
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What are some tips to encourage a soon to be 5 year old to get rid of most of his toys? He has no problems throwing broken toys away and it's mommy's fault for holding on to the toys since he now has two brothers to pass them down to. But I'm so done with the toys being everywhere and them only being played with for a minute. I want to keep him involved in the process but when I want to get rid of 95% of the toys I don't think he's going to be thrilled with the idea
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What are some tips to encourage a soon to be 5 year old to get rid of most of his toys? He has no problems throwing broken toys away and it's mommy's fault for holding on to the toys since he now has two brothers to pass them down to. But I'm so done with the toys being everywhere and them only being played with for a minute. I want to keep him involved in the process but when I want to get rid of 95% of the toys I don't think he's going to be thrilled with the idea
I think it is easiest around Christmas time to encourage purging. Explain that some little boys dont get Christmas and it would be nice for him to donate his toys to them. Or if Christmas isnt your thing do it around their birthday with the same concept.
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:06 PM   #17
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So to my surprise DS came home from school and I said we have a little tough love business to take care of..1. youre 11 and have a huge toychest still 2. you do not play with any of those toys it is time to give those toys to boys and girls that dont have a toy cheat full of toys.

He simply gave me a little "youre right" smirk and said ok! I told him if he wanted he could keep 2 or 3 nerf guns (mainly cause DH and I spent a small fortune on them last Christmas and I hate to see it flushed down the drain) and to make a pile of stuff he MUST keep. But I still plan on going through his must keep pile and getting reasons why he needs to keep them. Now its just a wait and see game to find out how big his must keep pile ends up being....
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Dropped off 1 big box, a tote, 2 trash bags packed full, and my oldest big toy chest for donation yesterday. I vow to never let a child have a toy chest that big ever again. Hes my step son so he has had it since before I came into their lives. I am so thankful that the baby was born with me already kind of in a minimal state of mind.
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Dropped off 1 big box, a tote, 2 trash bags packed full, and my oldest big toy chest for donation yesterday. I vow to never let a child have a toy chest that big ever again. Hes my step son so he has had it since before I came into their lives. I am so thankful that the baby was born with me already kind of in a minimal state of mind.
yay! Good for you 😀

I dropped off 3 bags stuffed full and an old record player. It was really big and we are going to get a smaller one. We just don't use it enough to justify the huge one.
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Went through all the old baby clothes. My youngest is in size 3 and he is our last, so everything smaller than that. I've got 10 boxes of various sizes, genders, and seasons gone now, including all the shoes and coats from those sizes that are so bulky. I only saved maybe 10 really sentimental outfits, and they all fit in a box.

I told the kids last night we are going to spend the next four Saturdays going through their bedrooms, one bedroom per weekend, starting with the youngest (because it'll be the easiest), purging their stuff. My oldest cried. His love language is gifts, so everything he has ever received is important to him, including the broken light bulb his cousin "gave" him (was really just showing him how it looked inside). I feel like a bear, but all this extra stuff is just smothering me :/
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