The Pokemon Invasion Solution & Why Clutter Jail Works for Us
A couple of weeks ago I shared how Pokemon was taking over my house. Seriously, TAKING OVER! If you didn’t read that post, you can find it here.
Here’s another reminder to refresh your memory. This is only one pile of many:
So I knew a solution had to be found for the Pokemon that was spreading like wildfire in our house. I also knew it would have to be a portable solution since apparently he liked to travel the house leaving a Pokemon trail behind him. One reader suggested a child’s suitcase on wheels which I thought was great but unfortunately I didn’t have one of those. Then another reader commented that she used Snapware to keep her son’s Pokemon organized. That got me thinking because I remembered I had some Snapware in the “container for my containers” section of my laundry room. I got really excited by this and ran downstairs to find it. Guess what? It’s perfect! It’s perfect and I completely forgot I had it to use. So happy I was reminded.
It’s in there somewhere.
Whoot, there it is!
All ready to go!
I love the two sections that snap together lickety split. So easy, my son has no problem using it. He puts his Pokemon guys in the bottom and all his cards on top (okay not all of them, he still has a binder full but they are nicely organized in card sleeves). Then on top is a handle for him to cart the whole thing around. How great is that? I sure love my readers :)
So just having a container to organize my stuff isn’t going to magically solve my Pokemon clutter problems though is it? Even as nice as that container is.
Nope it is not.
Containers are all fine and dandy but if you don’t add some organizing habits to the mix, you might as well forget about it.
My son needed to be taught what was expected of him and the maintenance of his fine Pokemon collection. So he now understands that little piles everywhere are not okay. I don’t mind one pile (possibly two) wherever he chooses to play but should he want to move on from that location to play in another, he takes that pile with him. In his container. It’s such a beautiful thing.
If this doesn’t happen, I will quietly remove said pile and put it into clutter jail. In order to jail break his cards or guys he will need to perform some random chore for me that I make sure he doesn’t like to do. It varies all the time depending on my mood…ha! Some days I’m nicer than others. Honestly it doesn’t happen often though because kids learn FAST. Especially if it means there is work involved!! Start them young, it really does work :) I LOVE this clutter jail printable over at iMOM. Be sure to check it out.
So all is well with our Pokemon epidemic. The Pokemon live to see another day. I have conquered (for now) their sneaky efforts to take over my house. I will not be defeated! I am onto those Pokemon and am watching them like a hawk. Oh yes I am.
Clutter fighters UNITE!!