One of the top questions I get from parents is “how do I get my child to get rid of some of their toys”? Parents are often at their wits end. Perhaps they have asked the child to get rid of some toys, they may have gone as far as setting a specific number that they have to get rid of, or perhaps they have just tried so many times in the past that they know there is nothing they can do to get the child to get rid of some of the toys. In fact, parents frequently tell me that they sneak toys out when the child is not around.
But with children, just like adults, I have found that the best way to help them to get rid of the clutter is to find out what motivates them. It will amaze you to see how a child will jump to get rid of something with the right motivation. As a Professional Organizer, I have found four ways that motivate most people.
There is so much to talk about on this that it will be a three part series. Part 2 will follow on Friday, July 16th, Part 3 will be on Tuesday, July 20th and Part 4 will be on Thursday, July 22nd.
1. Money. Yes children, just like adults may be motivated by money. If they are you can take advantage of this in a few different ways.
Option 1 would be to sell the toys. This can be in a garage sale, on craigslist, or e-bay. Discuss this with your child and determine what they will be allowed to do with the money. Perhaps they can purchase new toys, or the money could go towards a trip to a theme park (like money to spend at Disney), or something else that they have been wanting.
If you don’t have time to deal with selling things then look at Option 2. Create a cash for toys plan. In this case you would pay the child a certain amount for each toy that he or she gets rid of. For example, $1 for every large toy or set, $0.50 for medium toys, and $0.25 for action figures or smaller toys. Again, it is critical that you discuss what your child can do with the money once he or she gets it. Essentially, you are helping your child to create a goal so that he or she will be more driven to get rid of more toys if the goal is higher.
Money is just one motivator to help your child let go of some clutter and it may not be the answer for you. I will go over the remaining three motivators over the next two weeks.
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