This week I am starting Operation Declutter 2008. Little Miss G has been literally whimpering for the past 45 minutes because I told her that we were going to be getting rid of some of her old toys. I understand that most kids don’t want to hear this, but seriously, this girl is a nut case about keeping everything.
I should know by now not to even mention this to her because it’s like torture to her to know that some of her things are going to be purged, no matter how insignificant, no matter how much she’s outgrown them, no matter how long it has been since she’s even seen them. She doesn’t strike me as an overly materialistic kid… sure, she asks for a toy when we go to the store, but she does not always get one. In fact, most of the time she doesn’t, and if she does, it’s a cheap $1 bargain. I also think it’s normal that she often asks when John or I come home if we brought her anything. Isn’t it? We don’t usually bring things home for the girls, but we do occasionally surprise them with little treats.
That kind of asking for (but not necessarily receiving) and (occasionally) surprising kids with toys is normal, isn’t it? But it’s not normal for a kid to be downtrodden for the afternoon from just a passing comment about getting rid of some old things, is it? I know she has a sentimental heart and she loves her toys and stuffed animals, but sheesh. I keep telling her we’re only getting rid of the things she and Super L don’t play with anymore, and her response is, “But I love them even if I don’t play with them.” So, clearly I’m not getting anywhere with this. I’ve been as sympathetic as I can, but I’m not going to fawn over her and lavish attention upon this kind of behavior either. I finally told her we’d discuss it later when we were both feeling more like talking and less like whining (i.e. when I don’t feeling ripping my hair out anymore).
Finally, she concluded with, “I’ll discuss this with Daddy” to which I had to stifle a snicker. I suspect she’s going to try to go over my head on this one. I can only reply with a great line from Rosanne when DJ informed Rosanne that Dan could”overrule” Rosanne’s decision, Rosanne responded to DJ, “Are you new here?”
The truth is, I tend to hang on to things a little too long also. My office and closet are jammed full of proof of this. So, as I type this I’m making a promise that I will not ask Little Miss G and Super L to give up anything until I’ve gone through the process myself. I think that’s fair.
Project Declutter 2008 will probably commence with Project Declutter 2009.