Saturday night was stressful around here. The girls had every single toy on their bedroom floor--or on the livingroom floor.
After spending at least 45 minutes trying to get them to start picking things up, I told them that when the timer goes off in 15 minutes, anything that was still out was MINE!
(I did this a few weeks ago and about 25% of their toys went into time-out. They earned them back by picking up things that were left out over the next few days.)
The timer went off and nothing, I mean NOTHING had been done. I was right there with them for the entire 15 minutes and short of me putting a toy in their hand and leading them to the toybox, nothing was working. In fact, that really didn't work either because I couldn't get up and walk for them.
It was turning into a test of wills.
So, anyway, the timer went off. I started dragging the toy box into their closet then tossing everything on top of it. Now they wanted to help! They thought it was fun to toss toys into the toybox that was now in a different spot. I took everything except the stuffed animals on their beds and the books that were on the shelf.
Now it's Tuesday. They've spent a lot of time coloring, making "caves" with blankets draped over the bunkbeds, playing with the stuffed animals, reading books, and making their own fun. They haven't fought any less, but they haven't fought more either.
Know what? I don't think they really miss the toys at all. Sure, they played with them when they could go from one to the next, scattering pieces and parts along the way.....but overall, I don't think they care.
Pretty soon I'm going to have to deal with the toys in the closet. I can't get in there to find their shoes, or get any of their drawers open. I'm not ready to toss all the toys completely.
What would you do?