Tips for De-cluttering Kids' Collections
Enough is enough! Sometimes those collections get a little out of hand. It can be hard to know when to stop collecting. I often found myself collecting 'spares' for 'swaps' but then not getting around to sharing. 'One of each' sounds a reasonable goal if there are ten to a set but some collectables come in the hundreds.
Here are some tips for de-cluttering those collections! The aim with organising collections is to contain a child's possessions - not his passions.
It's easy to see the educational value in organising collections - so many skills are easily and naturally learned through this wonderful and sometimes obsessive past time!
Remember though, that children derive the most pleasure - and learning - from their collections when they are handling them. Some collections will consist of rare and delicate treasures - such as fossils, crystals, pressed flowers, etc. Others are robust and should be played with: marbles, cards and toys.
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