My daughter (11) collects a lot of stuff. She is particularly fond of notebooks and purses. I’m particularly fond of clutter free floors. So we compromise. If she can keep the stuff in her room off the floor in some kind of orderly fashion (not just piled 10 feet high on her desk) then she can keep it, otherwise it has to go. Meaning I will remove it from her room and give it away. I’m nice like that :)
This works for a number of reasons:
- It removes the power struggle between us and puts the onus on her to keep her space tidy.
- It allows her to be responsible for her own things and how they are displayed.
- It allows her to get creative coming up with fabulous organizing solutions.
Here’s one of them:
All on her own she came up with idea of using a skirt hanger to hang up all of her bags. Bags that are now no longer on the floor. I think it’s brilliant but then again I’m her mother and might be a little biased :)
I’m starting to think Org Junkie Junior might need her own little column here sometime soon, what do you think?