Monday, 11 January 2010

Like mother like daughter

Having received more than a few Christmas presents, the time came to move them from the lounge into daughter's bedroom. The bedroom that already contains the entire contents of ELC, Toys R Us and Argos. She is a real hoarder and refuses to let go of anything and I have tried many times to remove items she has grown out of only to find her asking for them two days later.

We finally managed to get daughter to clear out some of her old books and toys by telling her that they would go into the 'loft'.

She seemed to be okay with this.

However............

................. just to make sure she didn't forget what had gone into the "loft"..........................

........................ she went to the study and got herself a clipboard, paper and a pen and made a list of everything we removed from her room!

Wonder where she gets that level of organisation from?

12 comments:

Muddling Along Mummy said...

Don't you love that the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree !

Maggie May said...

You know she has it on record now & will probably ask for it back sometime in the future! Hope you weren't thinking of slipping it to a charity shop! LOL

Nuts in May

Tara LeClaire... and family! said...

Too funny! I love it!

Maternal Tales said...

Hee hee. That's hilarious. I have tidied both my girls' bedrooms so many times that they have no idea what they were ever given, which is a good thing seeing as yesterday we wnr to a birthday party and I didn't have a presesnt for the little girl. I found an unopened 'paint your own pottery set' in Renée's cupboard and wrapped that up instead. Thankfully Renée will never know!

rosiero said...

Kay still has most of her toys either in her room or in the cellar and she is 18! It's more than my life is worth to throw them away, but just think how you would feel if someone threw some of your things away without asking you!

Claire said...

Now you just need to find a sneaky way of removing the list and then you can charity shop everything!

Although next timeyou could always try expaining to her about why charity shops are there and why they need our donations. Eldest son suprised me last year by coming home from school and emptying his money box, put it in an envelope and gave it to me saying this was for the firefighters in Victoria who, at the time if you remember, we tackling some horrendous fires. He'd seen it on the news with us and they had talked about it at school and he wanted to help.

She may suprise you and donate more than you thought she would!

HER ON THE HILL said...

Aha, how this resonates with me! I have a 7 year old who has unfortunately inherited her mother's hoarding tendencies. It is as much a battle for me to chuck things out (or put them in 'deep filing') as it is for her! When I do finally find the strength (as I did before Christmas in anticipation of the 'new arrivals') to chuck and sort, all I got for my hours and hours of effort was a traumatised tantrum-throwing monster who INSISTED that everything went back in its place including myriad tiny bits of paper and plastic crap thrown in the bin. I'm n ow having a similar battle with her about taking down her Christmas decorations! Oh, the joys...

Ps: thanks so much for popping by at mine, good to hear from you. Will try and get some pix of the peaks for you but didn't have much time before Christmas and have now been away for the best of the snow! Will see what I can do, though.

gigi said...

I LOVE IT!!!

Kelloggsville said...

a few weeks/months later I bring them down from the loft put them out in the spare room and ask H to reconsider whether she is happy to let it go to the charity shop or ebay and usually 90% of it she isn't bothered about anymore. It's the first stage separation that's the hardest part and being involved all the way in the decision to get rid of things helps I think too (except with soft toys where some of the lofted ones don't reappear - or they would never be gone and we would be over run!) but I have to say my H has never written them down - she trusts me LOL!!!

Working Mum said...

Muddling along mummy - it took a friend to point it out to me!

Maggie May - I was hoping to offload them somewhere, but not sure I could do it without her knowledge. I was hoping she'd just agree she'd outgrown them. No chance!

Tara - see? This is just my life!

Maternal Tales - I would have no hope of doing that. Once my daughter opens a present it is committed to memory!

Rosiero - I would never get rid of her stuff without her knowledge - I usually move stuff to the spare room and wait to see if she is bothered. She always asks for things that I think she's outgrown.


Claire- Lovely story about your son; Izzy has done similar taking her pocket money to school for charity collections. However, letting go of books and toys is different! I've tried explaining about letting other less fortunate children enjoy her old toys, but she just says she still needs them! I think she gets her hoarding instinct from Andy.

Working Mum said...

Her on the Hill - What is it with bits of paper and things that really are just litter? I have a rule that it goes in her 'craft' basket!

Kelloggsville- good suggestion, I will try. As for soft toys, I think we'll have them for ever - I'm still traumatised by seeing my mum throwing my old panda in a skip - I was 19 at the time!

1 husband, 2 kids (and lots of books) said...

That's brilliant - this is the sort of thing I fear happening with Daughter. Son has inherited my anal tendencies, but confined himself so far to organising his lego men and putting his outdoor clothes on in v.v. strict order... I'm trying to be more laid back with Daughter but at nearly 1 1/2 she's proving quite a little madam already - give it ten years and our house will probably be a toy museum - still at least running that could be a career option to consider once the kids start school and I have to do a paid job again.