Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Forgotten Toys (Almost)

Why is it that kids start to play with a toy again only after you've just put it in the give-away pile? Seriously, they haven't looked at it for six months to a year, but just put it in the Goodwill bag and's like they have some internal radar that warns them when a toy is about to be ejected from the stadium! Their warning alarm blaring within them, they quick grab the thing, play with it like it's the best and most intriguing item on the planet for just long enough to make you feel guilty for almost having given it away. (How could you, Mom--it's my favorite!) Of course, as soon as it's safe again, the toy will lose all interest because (as you had correctly surmised in the first place) they really do have too many toys to begin with.

The moral of the story: take the give-away pile out to the curb/car/friend's house IMMEDIATELY. Don't wait, or that toy is never leaving!


Jamie said...

I say cut them a deal: for every toy they want to take back out of the Goodwill pile - they have to put another toy or two into the Goodwill pile. Maybe they'll reconsider :)

inthestory said...

It is so true, isn't it? I'm very much in need of a declutter time at my house right now. I hope to be taking several piles out within the next couple weeks. John has been in the habit of taking the bags right to the trunk of the car, which has been my way to get it out of the house. Sometimes they still spot it there! How do they do that?

Kara Jo said...

Soooo right there with you, babe!

I do like Jamie's suggestion, though. Then the truth will come out.

inthestory said...

We just read "Too Many Toys" by David Shannon, about a mom and her child trying to get rid of toys. Too funny!

Carla said...

Miss you, Jen!!

A am a tad late in commenting but whatev.

Sarah and I have a deal. If she wants to purchase a stuffed animal at the thrift store or yard sale she has to give up 6 other stuffed animals. Yes. 6.