5.10.2011

A playroom, simplified


The No Waste family. Really, huh? How? I have been inspired since I read this Sunset Magazine article in January and I am keeping it mind as I navigate the Playful Learning eCourse.

The big question is always: but what with the stuff of childhood? The stuff that accumulates without you even trying. The stuff that seeps in during the holidays and on birthdays and on random trips to the grocery store. The stuff that seems to reproduce at night when no one is watching. The stuff, the stuff, the stuff.

The easy answer is just don't buy the stuff. But for so many reasons, we find that to be harder than it should be.

The next best answer, come up with a solution that works for you. For the No Waste Family in Mill Valley, the playroom has four bins of toys. If the boys want something new, it needs to fit into one of the bins. That usually means, that something has to go.

Personally, I think this is a great way to teach your children awareness and responsibility. This way, they get to choose.


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