When I'm working with clients who have trouble parting with items, I often ask them to assign the item a number of importance from 1 to 10, 1 being the least important. The idea being not everything can be a 10. Or even an 8 or 9. But sometimes everything is treated like a 10.
So how does this apply to organizing and children? When we teach kids that not everything can be the most important, they learn to make only the really special, meaningful things special and meaningful. A toy from a kids meal is most likely not as important as a handmade doll from grandma. But often we allow kids to keep everything because they "need" it or "want" it or "don't want to" get rid of it. When assessing your child's belongings and determining what you have room to store and what needs pared down, try employing the 1 to 10 rule. Keep the things that range from 7-10, store the 4-6's for re-evaluation and discard or donate the 1-3's. Seeing things side by side may help to enforce the idea what is special and what is not so special.
If you have any tips on teaching kids how to prioritize, please feel free to share below.
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