Little treasures10/11/2011 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Small Fry | 2 Comments
Tags: preschooler, toys
This is Lily’s nightstand.
Every time I think about swiping my hand across it and dumping the whole lot into one of her toy bins, I stop cold. These are her special possessions. The little things that she’s been carrying around in her pockets (or her hands) for days straight. She knows exactly what’s on that table and if anything goes missing.
So I repress my inner Virgo and leave it be.
Lily has stashes all over the house. Here’s one of the drawers in our playroom:
This kid keeps everything. If it once had a wrapper, she keeps it. The backing to a sheet of stickers that have long been stuck elsewhere? I don’t dare throw it away. The tiny plastic bubble-cups that house treasures from the gumball machine? Our house is littered with them. And their lids.
She’s my little hoarder.
I know there’s a complex psychology behind young children and their possessions. But to me, it’s just a neat reflection of who she is and what makes her happy.
What sorts of oddball things do your kids keep? What do you do with it all?