We are in the process of moving to another state and have started the painful process of packing a house. Books are going into boxes, unworn clothes going to Goodwill, and knick-knacks are getting carefully wrapped up for a month or two in storage.
We are making good progress except for one part of the house: my son's room. It turns out my son is a bit of a hoarder...and heaven help us when he finds us throwing out his "treasures"! So far we've thrown away his stash of used band-aids, many tubes of empty toothpaste, several empty boxes of soap, a cicada husk (!) and several other random piles of things shiny or small or shiny AND small. When asked about these things, all my son could say was that he liked the way they looked and that they weren't trash, they were perfect.
My husband hates clutter and tends to throw away things like this (this is clearly a one man's trash is another man's treasure situation) so my son has been hiding his little collections under his bookshelf or in shoe boxes under his bed. Now that we've found them we either have to move them or make them disappear late at night so the kid doesn't see.
Spoiler alert: the cicada husk is NOT moving with me.
I think it may be a good time to encourage my son to start a collection of something that isn't trash. Something small, something that isn't expensive to collect, something that isn't dead bugs...this should be doable, right?
Do your kids collect anything? Any suggestions for a six year old with a hoarding tendency?