I have 3 boys ages 11, 9, and 7. Every couple of months I go through their play room and either give away or throw away their toys too make more room for my daughter's every growing pile of "girl stuff". She is 5 and the total princess of our family. The boys are fine with this. Their toys have come down to Xbox, Wii, nerf, and some , well ALOT of lego.And as soon as the nice weather hits, they are outside as much as possible. So it's me who has a hard time giving away the tiggers, who Justin ,my first born, was amazed by, from birth. Or the Buzz light year my second born Danny who never let it out of his sight. And then there's my youngest boy, Andy's power rangers, that fought many a battles in his playroom. Along with all the Thomas the tank engine, which I could of bought a second home with all the money I spent on them!! And the plastic dinosaurs that I stepped on too many times to count. And all the cars!! My goodness these boys will grow up and know more about cars than any person should! I always kept a few of these special items "just in case" they wanted to play with again. The pile keeps getting smaller and smaller with each clean up.  Finally it is down to a few chosen few. I cleaned off a shelf in their playroom today, and put the last of a few special toys I kept(really more for me than them). As My oldest son ran in the play room and grabbed his Xbox remote to play Madden 11 (AGAIN). He pause looked at the shelf and smiles. Tells me "cool, that I kept that stuff" and turns back to his video game. Yes, it is cool . I think, because those are so much more than just toys to me.

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Feb. 27, 2011 at 12:30 AM

awww,mama I know how you feel!!!  

I go thru the boy's toys every few months & it's harder for me to get rid of the toys than it is for them!  I give my nephew most of the stuff, but I can't get rid of certain things-like the Thomas trains & Cars-

our babies are growing up!! 

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Feb. 27, 2011 at 6:04 AM

It is sweet that you keep momentos , but I am fighting a serious case of hoarding in my house. It is so bad that when we threw away the darlings toothbrush she was traumatized.  And now she is saving every straw from her juice pouches.  Ugh, I commend you for keeping a sane balance in the house!

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Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:48 AM


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